Interesting facts about Nigeria’s Appeal Court’s President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem




Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem was educated at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she gained a LL.B and LL.M. She then studied for a postgraduate diploma at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

Nigeria’s Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem


  • She was Registrar of Plateau State High Court in 1979 and Magistrate of various grades up to Chief Magistrate between 1981 and 1990.
  • She was a visiting lecturer on Press Law at the Catholic Media Centre, Kaduna from 1988-1992, and Part-time Lecturer at the University of Jos between 1989 and 1997.
  • She served as Deputy Chief Registrar, Superior Courts, and Protocol Affairs, from 1990-1993, and was appointed Judge, High Court of Justice, Plateau Judiciary from 1993-1996.
  • Dongban-Mensem became the Judge, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Judiciary from 1997-2003.
  • She was Acting Presiding Justice of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal between November and December 2009.
  • On 5th March, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as acting president of the Court of Appeal, after the retirement of Zainab Bulkachuwa and was sworn in by Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria, on 6th March, 2020.
  • In April 2020, the National Judicial Council recommended her to President Buhari for confirmation as Appeal Court President.
  • The President extended the appointment of Dongban-Memsem as the acting President of the Appeal Court for further period of three months from June 3, 2020.
  • Her appointment was finally confirmed by the Senate on 11 June 2020.

Personal Life

  • She founded a road safety organization called Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand (KRSD) after she lost her first son, Prince Samson Kwapda’as Dongban. It is the most efficient and popular road safety NGO in Nigeria.
  • She launched a book titled ‘The Defendant’ in 1991.
  • She founded Pa William Mensem Education and Scholarship Foundation (PAWMESFO) in 2009. The foundation was able to build a school, named after the jurist’s father, Pa William Mensem in Plateau State.

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