Appointment of appeal court judges followed due process – Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem

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The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has denounced and dispelled the campaign of false accusations on the proposed appointment of justices to the Court of Appeal saying the appointment of Justices to the Court of Appeal passed through the due and usual process of appointment into the judiciary.

The President of the Court of Appeal, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday while reacting to insinuation that she had a list of preferred candidates based on tribe and religion, for the appointment.

“I hereby dissociated myself from those who are insinuating that I had a list of preferred candidates base on tribe or religion.

“This is clearly the handiwork of detractors who want to destabilise and scandalise the judiciary,’’ she said.

Dongban-Mensem urged Nigerians to ignore those assertions as they were unnecessary distractions.

She said that she was compelled to denounce the assertions as “campaign of calumny which has been going on for some weeks now about the proposed appointment of Justices of the Court of Appeal’’.

“Let it known that the current exercise passed through the due and usual process of appointment into the judiciary.

“A total of 80 nominees were shortlisted and recommended for the appointment of 20 justices to fill the existing vacancies. I state on my honour that any of the 80 nominees could be appointed.

Dongban-Mensem, however, said that it was unfortunate that some people had elected to go the press without the facts on the proposed appointments, which were readily available for those who sought to know.

“I hereby state that the current recommendation pending determination by the National Judicial Council (NJC) was done without any preference for tribe, creed or association.

“If there were sufficient vacancies to be filled, all the nominees would have been appointed,’’ she said.

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