Insecurity: Appeal Court President calls for fervent prayers for Nigeria


The President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has called on Nigerians to pray fervently to God to bring an end to the incessant and reckless killing of innocent citizens of the country.

Mensem made the call during a condolence visit at the residence of Justice Jummai Sankey, JCA, over the demise of her husband Dr Yakubu Sankey.

Recall that Dr Sankey, a one-time Acting Director of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Jos, was assassinated by suspected terrorists last week in Southern Kaduna.

The Court of Appeal President described the demise of Dr Sankey as a huge loss, “not only to his immediate family, the people of Kaduna State but to the entire country.”

She urged the family to accept the unfortunate incident as the will of God.

Speaking to journalists after signing the condolence register, Justice Dongban-Mensem said, “The entire Judiciary is saddened over the unfortunate incident.

“However, we are children of peace, we are children of faith. So, I would appeal to the family to receive what has happened in good faith.

“We need to pray that God should strengthen the family at this moment of grief.

“We must also pray for our nation that the wasting of innocent lives should come to an end”.

On the mood of the Court of Appeal over the unfortunate incident, the Mensem said, “The Court of Appeal is a family court and we are all sad. What touches one touches all of us that’s why you see that we are all here.

“As a matter of fact, the whole Judiciary is one family. The CJN who is pained over this incident has asked me to convey his heartfelt condolences to the family”.

Earlier in his response on behalf of the family, Dr. Babangida Sankey, first son of the deceased, appreciated the show of love by the Appeal Court family.

He said, “You have shown us that indeed, the Court of Appeal is a family. We bless you and pray that in the event of difficulty, you would equally be surrounded by people just as you have surrounded us”.

He prayed that the judiciary would rise up to the occasion and remain impartial at this trying moment of our nation.

The Court of Appeal President was accompanied by some judges and the Registrar of the court.

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