Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has sworn in Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal.
During the ceremony on Friday, CJN Muhammed challenged the new Appeal Court president to maintain a cordial relationship with her colleagues on the bench.
The CJN charged Dongban-Mensem, who is the second-female President to be appointed, to ensure regular meetings with Presiding Justices in all divisions of the court as well as other Justices to enable them to understand challenges that may be facing the court.
Justice Muhammad noted that appellate court has the largest number of Justices in the country, advising Dongban-Mensem of the need to be up and doing.
The CJN said, “From my personal experience, workload in the Court of Appeal, especially in the divisions is the highest.
“It is a home of work, it is a home of cooperation, but with your experience, hardwork, and zeal, you will not find your new status difficult.
“If you sustain your good character and conduct, your tenure will definitely be an excellent one.
“Try to be your self and do not allow others derail you. Remain what we know you for.”
In her remarks, Dongban-Mensem assured Nigerians that she will do her best in ensuring the dispensation of Justice at the appellate court.
“I will build on the legacy left behind by her predecessors,” she said.
Governors of Sokoto, Plateau, Niger, and Kebbi states attended the ceremony.