President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban Mensem as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal for an initial period of three (3) months, with effect from March 6, 2020.
The development follows the exit of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Thursday, as she clocked the statutory retirement age of 70 years for Justices of Appeal Court.
According to a press statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Justice Mensem, as the next most senior Judge of the Court of Appeal, woukd be acting pending when a substantive appointment to the position of the President of the Court of Appeal may be made by President Buhari subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
Shehu said the President’s approval of the appointment of Justice Mensem followed the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria in line with the provisions of Section 238(4) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.