Meet the African judge who spends her free time controlling traffic

Meet the African judge who spends her free time controlling traffic

- Following the murder of her son by a hit-and-run driver, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem now spends part of her time controlling traffic

- The appeal court judge believed to pencilled as its next president, says many drivers in Nigeria do not understand the rules

- Apart from ensuring the free flow of vehicles in the nation's capital, she also visits motor parks to educate drivers

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Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem is not only a judge of the appeal court in Nigeria, but she is also touted as the next possible president of the appellate judicial arm of government as Zainab Bulkachuwa, the current head prepares for retirement.

The stunning side of Justice Dongban-Mensem, however, is the fact that she spends her free time controlling traffic in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

The 62-year-old senior judge does this voluntarily.

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Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem says many drivers do not understand road signs Credit: BBC
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During her free time, Nigerian Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem controls traffic in the capital, Abuja, eight years after her son was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

She thinks she can play a major role in changing the psyche of Nigerian drivers and ensuring proper knowledge of the road.

Dongban-Mensem laments that because many drivers in the country are not patient, some of them have caused accidents that have sometimes been fatal.

Speaking with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), she said she never knew the driver behind her son's death, but it is her determination to touch as many road users as she can.

Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem carries out enlightenment among drivers. Credit: BBC
Source: UGC

Despite her position in the country, she has spent time visiting bus parks for the enlightenment of drivers, Briefly.co.za gathered.

She revealed that her experience with the drivers had shown that most of them do not have the proper training needed to carry out their daily activities. Some do not understand road signs.

To further boost her resolve, the judge now has a foundation named after her late son and with the aim of enlightening drivers. She further has a plan to create a driving school for would-be commercial drivers.

She also said she spent weeks with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) training to control traffic before she ventured into the practice as a warden.

Her son, who she called Kwapda'as Dongban, was 32 years old when she died in 2011 at a busy area in Jos, Plateau state.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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