Chairman of the Council
Hon. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, JSC was born on the 31st of December 1953. He hails from Doguwa, Giade Local Government Area of Bauchi State. He attended primary school at Giade Primary School from 1961 to 1968. He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Azare from 1969 to 1973. His Lordship then proceeded to Abdullahi Bayero University College, Kano for his IJMB from 1975 to 1976. After a successful completion of his course, His Lordship got admission to read Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1976 to 1980. He attended Nigerian Law School from 1980 to 1981. In furtherance of his educational career, His Lordship went back to the prestigious ABU, Zaria for his Masters Degree in Law (LLM) on Part Time basis, from 1982 to 1984. In order to update himself in the field of Law, His Lordship went back to ABU, Zaria in 1987 to 1998 and obtained his Doctorate Degree (PHD) in Law, also on Part Time basis.
Hon. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR,JSC was appointed as Magistrate Grade II in 1982 to 1984 with Bauchi State Judiciary. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade II from 1984 to 1986. His Lordship was appointed as the Provost, College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Bauchi from 1986 to 1989. He was appointed Chief Magistrate/Deputy Chief Registrar, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 1990 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he served as a Kadi (Judge) of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Bauchi State. His Lordship was elevated to the position of Justice of the Court of Appeal from 1993 to 2006. His Lordship was appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2006 and was sworn-in on the 8th of January 2007. He became the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman National Judicial Council on Thursday, 25th July, 2019.
Deputy Chairman of the Council
Deputy Chairman of the Council
Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Akinwunmi Rhodes-vivour in 1951, in Lagos Island. He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1963.
He went on to attend St Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos, where he obtained his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate in 1968, and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1970, before proceeding to University of Lagos where he graduated in 1974 with an LLB Honors.
Olabode Rhodes-Vivour attended the Lagos Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1975. He started his career as a Pupil State Counsel in 1976; and in 1978 he became a State Counsel and rose to become a Senior state Counsel by 1982. He was promoted to the position of Principal State Counsel in 1984, and by 1989 his hard work and career progression had earned him the position of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Lagos State, a position which he held until 1994.
Hon Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour was appointed to the bench as a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Lagos State, on 18th February, 1994. His distinct attributes of service led to his elevation to the Appeal Court on 25th April, 2005.
In 2008, on Secondment by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was posted to Sierra Leone Judiciary as Justice of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, whereupon his return in September, 2010, he was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour has attended various International and Professional conferences within and outside the country. He is a recipient of many notable awards amongst which are –
His hobbies are reading, watching sports, movies and documentaries. He is married to Mrs Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour and they are blessed with (3) three children.
President, Court of Appeal
Honourable Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, an indigene of Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State, was born 6th March, 1950 to the family of Alhaji Abubakar Gidado EL-Nafaty in Bauchi, Bauchi State. She began her Primary Education at Tudun Wada Primary School, Kaduna in 1957 before moving to Senior Primary School, Maiduguri road, Kaduna in 1961, where she acquired her First School Leaving Certificate in 1963. She later enrolled at Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin where she obtained her West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1968.
Honourable Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa proceeded to Abdullahi Bayero College/Ahmadu Bello University Kano between 1971 and 1972 for her GCE ‘A’ Levels and in 1975 she obtained her LL.B (Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She attended the Nigerian Law School between 1975 and 1976.
Honourable Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa started her work career as a National Youth Service Corp member on primary assignment at the Ministry of Justice, Kaduna in 1976. She rose through the cadre to become a Chief Magistrate from 1985 to 1987. Her commitment to service led to her appointment as a High Court Judge in 1987.
At the creation of Gombe State she was deployed and sworn in as the Chief Judge of Gombe State Judiciary in 1997. Thereafter, she was appointed as Justice, Court of Appeal (JCA) in 1998. Honourable Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa became The President, Court of Appeal in April, 2014.
She has received a substantial number of awards, notable among which are two National Awards; OFR and CFR in 2008 and 2014 respectively. She is a member of numerous professional bodies and has served on various Judicial Committees. She has also attended workshops and seminars in Nigeria and overseas.
Retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Former Chairman, ICPC
Emmanuel Ayoola was born at Ilesha in Osun State October 1933. He attended Temidirie Model School Ilesha [1944- 1950] for his Primary and Secondary Education respectively.
He passed the Bachelor of Laws Examination of the University of London in 1957 and a BA in Jurisprudence Examination of Oxford University in 1959. He was called to the English Barat Lincoln’s Inn, London in November 1957.
On November 25, 1958 he was admitted to the English Barat Lincoln’s Inn London. In September 1959, he was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. For seventeen years, he had a private legal practice in Ibadan, Oyo state until February 1976 when he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Western Nigeria and was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Oyo State. He served as Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Gambia from 1980 to 1983 and was later Chief Justice of the Gambia from 1983 – 1992. He was Vice President of the World Judges Association in 1991.
Justice Ayoola was President of the Court of Appeals of Seychelles, and Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria (1992-1998), Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (1998-2003), and retired in October 2003 at the mandatory age of 70.
On retirement from the Supreme Court, Justice Ayoola, was, in 2004, made Chairman of the Ad-hoc Presidential Action Committee on the Control of Violent Crimes and Illegal Firearms that submitted its report in December 2005. He was appointed Chairman, Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission in 2005 and relinquished that office when he was appointed Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission for a five-year term in 2005. Currently, he is a member of the National Judicial Council and Chairman of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee of the Council.
In 2002, the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Justice Ayoola a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a court set up to try those responsible for War Crimes Against Humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War. He has edited the Seychelles Law Digest, the Law Reports of the Gambia, and the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports.
Justice Ayoola is a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria); Fellow of the National Judicial Institute; Doctor of Civil Law [DCL] (honoris causa) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, (2007); Doctor of Laws [LL.D] (honoris causa) Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
He was honored with the award of the Gambian National Honor of Commander of the National Order of the Republic of the Gambia (CRG) in 1990; and the award of the Nigerian National Honor of Commander of the Order of the Niger [CON] in 2003.
Justice Ayoola enjoys listening to classical music.
Former President, Court of Appeal
Hon. Justice Umar Faruk Abdullahi, CON, Walin Hausa, Shettima Ilimuye of Borno, was born in Katsina Town on 29th November, 1939.
He had his early education at Katsina up to Secondary School level and atteneded Bayero College in Kano for Higher School Leaving Sertificate (HSC), then went to Institute of Administration, Zaria, where he studied and passed BAR PART ONE Examination. He went to United Kingdom and as a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, studied BAR PART TWO at both the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London as well as Council of Legal Education, England and GIBSON COLLEGE of Law London. He passed BAR PART I and was called to the English Bar in November, 1966.
He returned to Nigeria and worked briefly at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Kaduna before proceeding to Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1967. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in June, 1968.
He started his career as Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Kaduna in July, 1968. After some years, he was appointed a Magistrate in the Kaduna State Judiciary. He rose to the rank of Senior Magistrate. He was transferred back to the Ministry of Justice, Kaduna State as Principal State Counsel. After some years, he was transferred back to the Judiciary of Kaduna State as Chief Registrar. Then in 1978, he was appointed a High Court Judge of Kaduna State. He was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal in 1982 and served in various Division of the Court of Appeal. In 1978, he was seconded to the newly created Katsina State as the Chief Judge of the State.
He returned to the Court of Appeal in 1991 and served again in various Divisions. In February 1999, he was appointed the President of the Court of Appeal. A position he held for 10yrs. He retired in 2009 at the attainment of 70 .
When serving in the Court of Appeal, he also served as Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Gambia in 1992-1993.
Retired Justice of Court of Appeal
Born in Kaduna on the 28th of August 1939 to Chief Oyesile Omage of Sabongida Ora and Chief Mrs. Olurunfunmi Omage of Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.
He enjoyed varied education in his early days both in Nigeria and England from 1944 to 1968 to cover the elementary schooling up to University levels. Notably Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo and later Manchester Grammar School, which saw him through to the University of Victoria (Manchester University) and the London School of Economics in pursuit of a degree in Economics – B.Sc. Economics.
Enrolled at the Inns of Court which enabled him to take the examinations of the Council of Legal Education, School of Law London-UK. His success at the exams earned the award of “Master Joplin 3rd Prizeman” in Contract and Tort and the 2nd prize in “Criminal Law and Procedure”. He was admitted to the Inner Temple Inns of Court and called to English Bar (Trinity Term) in May 1968.
He had a brief Legal Practice in England as a junior Counsel in the chambers of Sir Henry Brooks Esq., and Michael Walker Esq. (1968 - 1969).
He attended the Nigerian Law School in 1969 and was admitted to practice law in 1970. He started a private legal practice as a junior partner with J.W.A. Ohiwere & Co in Benin City, before establishing his own Chambers as Victor Omage & Co in Benin. His Practice was robust with several appearances in High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He was a Solicitor to several mercantile companies and also appeared in the “Criminale panale” of the city of Rome to defend some Nigerians.
He was appointed a Judge in 1982 and worked virtually in all the division in the State to perform his Judicial Function. In March 1983, there was a hiatus in his Judicial careers. During this period he set up Consultancy Services wHere legal issues were analyzed and clients advised accordingly. A versatile and prolific writer, he wrote series of articles on the law of Insurance which were serially published by the Nigerian Observer. He also authored four Law books on Elements of the Law of Torts, Digest of the Law of Evidence, and Handbook of Legal Practice, among others, some of which are yet to be published. While he was out of the bench, Justice Omage accepted to serve in various Commissions and Election Tribunals as chairman. He also attended several International Law conferences from 1979 to 1982 in Brazil, Berlin, and Lagos, Madrid etc.
In 1993 Justice Omage was reappointed to the Edo State Judiciary as a High Court Judge. He carried out his duties with dignity and trust in God until November 1998 when he was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA). His postings in this capacity included Kaduna, Ibadan, Lagos, and Port-Harcourt and was given the award of “Ten Years Meritorious Service”. He also received a National Honor of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) within this period. He retired from the Court of Appeal at the mandatory age of Seventy (70) years on the 28th of August, 2009.
In June 2015, Hon. Justice Omage was appointed a member of the National Judicial Council for five years and is currently functioning in that capacity.
Acting Chief Judge, Federal High Court
Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho was born on 24th June, 1959, in Mbaduku, Vandeikya L.G.A of Benue State. He began his educational sojourn in 1967 at St. Anthony’s Primary School, Chenge-Mbaduku, where he got his First School Leaving Certificate, and went on to attend St. Michael’s Secondary School, Aliade, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1977. He also enrolled at the Murtala College of Arts, Science and Technology, Makurdi, where he sat for the IJMBE A\L in 1979, before proceeding to the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, in 1980 where he bagged his LLB (HONS) in 1984. Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1985.
He began his career as a Legal Assistant at Delta Ltd Port Harcourt, where he carried out the one year mandatory Service to the nation (NYSC) from 1985-1986. He had a stint at Sena Chambers in Gboko, Benue State, where he was a Private Legal Counsel in 1986, before settling for a career with the Benue State Judiciary same year, as an Inspector of Area Courts. From 1988-1996, Hon Justice Tsoho rose from the position of Magistrate Grade II to become the Chief Magistrate Grade I. he served as Director Litigation from May, 1996- October of same year. He was appointed the Substantive Chief Registrar, High Court of Benue State, October, 1997, a position which he held in Acting capacity prior to this time.
Hon Justice John Terhemba Tsoho was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria on 12th November, 1998, where he served illustriously, until his elevation to the position of acting Chief Judge, on Friday, July 16th 2019, following the retirement of Hon Justice Adamu Abdu-khafarati.
Hon Justice Tsoho has attended series of workshops on Law, Judiciary and Administration, both local and international. He has also served on several Tribunals and Committees, some of which he chaired, and held many elevated positions in notable professional bodies around the globe.
He has a good grasp of Microsoft Office Applications and enjoys reading, jogging and listening to music. He is married and blessed with children.
Acting President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria
Hon. Justice Kanyip was appointed a Judge of the National Industrial Court in 2000 for an initial period of four years although with eligibility for a renewal for a further term of four years. In June 2004, having completed the first term, his appointment for another term of four years was renewed, and he is now a tenured Judge of the Court. Professor Kanyip attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for his LLB, and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria for his BL. After the mandatory one-year national service, he took up a teaching appointment as a Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1987; and rose to the position of Lecturer II before leaving in 1992 for the National Commission for Colleges of Education as Legal Adviser in the rank of Principal Legal Officer. In 1995 he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and rose through this appointment to the rank of Associate Research Professor of Law in 2000 when he joined the Court. Professor Kanyip is the author of numerous scholarly articles in the areas of consumer law, labour law, tax law and commercial law. He is the author of the book, Consumer Protection in Nigeria: Law, Theory and Policy (2005) and a joint author of the text: Elements of Commercial Law (1994). Professor Kanyip has had professional dealings and done consultancies for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria on labour related areas. He is a member of the International Bar Association; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; Life Member and Deputy President II, Nigerian Society of International Law. He is a contributing editor of several academic law journals. Professor Kanyip is widely travelled. He became the Acting President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria on 2nd October, 2019.
Chief Judge, High Court of FCT
Hon. Justice Ishaq Usman Bello was born on 5th January, 1956 in Zaira, Kaduna State. He began his Primary Education at St Bartholomew Primary School Wusasa, Zaria in 1965, before moving to L.E.A Primary School T/Jukun Zaria, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1972. He acquired his West African School Certificate (WASC) from Government Secondary School, Katsina in 1976 and his IJMB Certificate from Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology in 1979. He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged his LLB (Hons) in 1982. In 1983, he obtained his BL Certificate from Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He later returned to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2008 where he acquired his LLM on International and Criminal Law. Hon. Ishaq Usman Bello also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law from Caribbean University.
He started his work career as a Youth Corp Member in 1983 at the Ministry of Justice in former Edo state. He went into private practice in 1984 and worked as a legal practitioner at Umaru Yabo and Co. in Sokoto State. He was appointed a Magistrate in 1985. In 1987 he became the Head of Legal Recovery Department at University Bank of Nigeria Plc, Kaduna. Hon. Ishaq Usman Bello rose through the ranks of the Judiciary to become a Judge of then High Court, FCT between 1997 and 2015. He was made the Chief Judge of High Court, FCT, Abuja on 28th May, 2015 to date.
Hon. Ishaq Usman Bello has served on several bar/Bench committees before his appointment as a Member, National Judicial Council. He has also handled huge special responsibilities under the Judiciary including; Chairing Election Petition Tribunals, representing Nigeria and leading brother judges to attend Conferences, symposiums and Seminars around the world. He has written significant publications and presented papers geared towards advancing the Judiciary. He is also a member of several notable professional bodies.
His hobbies are horse riding, traveling and reading.
Chief Judge, Oyo State
Hon. Justice Munta Ladipo Abimbola was born on 14th January, 1958. He started his Primary Education at KDC Primary School, Kenema, Sierra Leone in 1963, and later moved to Isale Taba District primary School, Saki in 1966, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1967.
He attended Secondary Modern School, Saki between 1968 and 1976, and in 1970 before proceeding to attend Sheik Megida Quranic School between 1971 and 1972.
He went on to enroll at Ansar-u-Deen High School, Saki between 1972 and 1976, and he was at Anwar-ul-Islam College, Agege, Lagos, until 1978.
He obtained his HSC and GCE in 1979 after attending Ibadan Polytechnic . He went on to obtain his L.L.B Hons from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1982, and his B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1983.
His Quest for Knowledge did not stop, as he went back to obtain a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Ife in 1993, and a Postgraduate Degree Diploma in Mass Communication in 1995 from Ibadan Polytechnic.
Hon. Justice M.L Abimbola began his work career at the Ministry of Justice, Minna as a Youth Corp in 1983. Between 1984 and 1988 he worked at Moses A. Akinsola and Co. in Minna, Niger State and Alhaji R.A Sarumi and Co. Legal Practitioners, Ibadan, Oyo State respectively. He later established his private Law firm – Ladi Abimbola and Co. from 1988 to 1997 were he was the Principal Partner.
Hon Justice M.L Abimbola was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Oyo State in 1997 to date. He was later sworn in as Acting Chief Judge, Oyo state in 2014, and as substantive Chief Judge in January, 2015.
He has served on various Election Petition Tribunals, some which include: Member, Governorship Election Tribunal, Asaba Delta State (2006), Member, Election Appeal Tribunal, Oyo state (2008), Chairman, National and State Houses of Assembly Election petition Tribunal, Kano State (2011), Chairman, National and State Houses of Assembly Election petition Tribunal, Makurdi, Benue State (2011).
Hon. Justice M.L Abimbola has served in different capacities on several Legal Committees within the Country. He has presented numerous papers, articles and has published a book titled “Practice Relating to Pre-trial Conference”. He also has unpublished books and has contributed to other publications as well.
He has received multiple awards and commendations on his service to the Judiciary and the Nation at large. He is member of several institutions and has attended local and international conferences and seminars.
His hobbies are reading, writing, playing table tennis, watching epic films and mediation.
Chief Judge, Borno State
Hon Justice Kashim Zannah, OFR, is the Chief Judge of Borno State High Court. Called to the Bar in the year 1984, his career spanned public prosecution, magistracy, judicial administration as Chief Registrar and elevation to the High Court bench in the year 1997. He was appointed Chief Judge on the 3rd day of January 2006.
His Lordship is the Chairman of the Council’s Judicial Information Technology Policy (JITPO) implementation Committee and Member of the Performance Evaluation of Judicial Officers, the Preliminary Complaints Assessment and the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policy Committees.
His Lordship is active on several international bodies in the field of judicial education and justice generally. To his credit are numerous presentations at several international fora, like the World Jurists Association (WJA) World Congresses, International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) and the American Bar Association (ABA).
He is often invited to Expert Group Meetings of the United Nations’ organs, like the UNHCR, UNODC and UNDP, convened to develop manuals and guidance materials, particularly on the subjects of refugee law, judicial integrity, and anti-corruption generally, in cities like Geneva, Vienna, Ankara, San Jose (Costa Rica), Putrajaya, etc.
Consequently, His Lordship is often invited to, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several international bodies in the field of law and justice, for example, the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI), International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE), The Hague and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL). He is also Deputy President of the International Organisation for Judicial Training (IOJT).
In April 2018, His Lordship was appointed by the United Nations to the pioneering 10-man Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN).
Hon. Justice Zannah is recipient of the Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL), 2012 and the United States National Centre for State Courts (NCSC) Distinguished Service Award, 2013.
Chief Judge, Imo State
Hon. Justice P. O. Nnadi was born on the 12th of March, 1955 at Emekuku to the family of the Late Pa Stephen O. Nnadi and Lolo Regina A. Nnadi all of Ndegbelu Awaka in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State of Nigeria.
He had his early education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School, Emekuku (Now Chief Obi Memorial Primary School, Emekuku) from where he gained admission to the prestigious Holy Ghost College, Owerri.
He gained direct entry admission to the University of Lagos where he studied Law and obtained the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB. Hons) in 1981 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.
Hon. Justice P.O. Nnadi served in NYSC Scheme as a Legal Counsel to the Anambra State House of Assembly from 1982 to July, 1983 and was in Private Legal Practice at Owerri from 1983 to 1998. He later joined the Judicial Service of Imo State as a Senior Magistrate and rose to the rank of Chief Magistrate in 1992, Deputy Chief Registrar (High Court) from 1993 to 1995, Chief Registrar (High Court) from 1995 to 1998 and was elevated to the High Court Bench in April 1998 where he served in that capacity till the 19th of December, 2014 when he was appointed the Chief Judge of the High Court of Imo State, a position he holds till date.
He is a member of nine AD HOC Bodies/Tribunals and he has attended several professional and administrative conferences, seminars and workshops both domestic and international.
Hon. Justice P. O. Nnadi is a proud member of the enviable Catholic Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba and is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Ine Nnadi, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Imo State University, Owerri and they have twin boys.
Chief Judge, Delta State
Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro, was born on May 24th, 1956 to the family of Umukoro in Ekiugbo in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended St. Thomas R.C.M. School, Benin City (1961 – 1966); St. Ambrose College, Usiefrun (1968 – 1972); Institute of Continuing Education, Benin City (1975 –1976); University of Jos, Jos (1976 – 1980) and Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos (1980 – 1981).
He started his career as a Clerical Assistant at the Magistrate Court, Orerokpe in February, 1973 and Accounts Clerk, Auchi Polytechnic, Benin Branch, in March, 1975 before he obtained his LLB at the University of Jos in 1980. He was called to the Bar in 1981 and served as a State Counsel (NYSC), Ministry of Justice, Kano State between September 1981 and July 1982. Between July, 1982 and December 26, 1985, he was into Private Practice at Y.M. Na-Allah & Co. Katsina Road, Kano State.
On December 27, 1985. Hon. Justice Umukoro was sworn-in as Magistrate 2 under the Bendel State Judiciary where he served and rose to become a High Court Judge. In the course of his service to the Judiciary, Hon. Justice Umukoro headed several Judicial Committees. He has also contributed largely to the National Jurisprudence.
He was appointed Chief Judge of Delta State in May, 2015 to date. He was also appointed as Member, National judicial Council in 2017 to date.
Hon. Justice Umukoro has attended several workshops and seminars around the globe. He has to his credit, numerous awards. He is also a member of some notable professional and social bodies.
His hobbies are reading, football, music, driving, philanthropy and writing.
Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kwara State
Hon. Mohammed Ola Abdulkadir was born on 13th February, 1957 in Ilorin. He is from Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State. He attended Darul – Uloom Arabic Student & Islamic School for Arabic Studies Kano from 1968-1972 where he got a Higher Islamic Studies Certificate, School for Arabic Studies Kano from 1976-1979. He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Diploma in Sharia & Civil Law from 1979-1982 and later graduated with an LL.B Hons in Islamic Law in the same Institution between 1982-1985, he was in Nigeria Law School, Abuja from 1998-1999. He did his compulsory National Youth Service in Bauchi State from 1986-1987.
He started his work experience as an Arabic Class Teacher at Darul-Uloom School Ilorin from 1973-1975. Hon. Mohammed Ola Abdulkadir grew through the ladder of his career from an Assistant Registrar in Kwara State Judiciary in 1982 to become the Grand Kadi Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Ilorin from 2017 till date.
He has attended several Conferences, Workshops and Seminars both within and outside Nigeria.
President, Customary Court of Appeal, Plateau State
Hon. Justice Julia Asabe Kyentu was born on th 27th of June, 1955, she started her Primary Education in Kerang in 1960, she later attended Our Lady of Apostle Secondary School, Kaduna where she obtained her WASC in 1972, she proceeded to College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), Zaria and Nigeria Law School Lagos. During this period she bagged, I.J.M.B, L.L.B, and was called to Nigria Bar. She later obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Practice and Procedure in 1991.
In September 1973, she began work as a Library Assistant in the Medical Library of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. She was appointed Magistrate Grade II Plateau State Judiciary on the 12th day of July, 1982, she grew through the cadre of Plateau State Judiciary and was appointed President Customary Court of Appeal Plateau State on the 12th day December 2012.
She has attended various seminars and conferences both within and outside the country. She is a Member International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), National Association of Women Judges (NAWJN), International Association of Women Judges, and Commonwealth Lawyers Association among others. She is a recipient of various awards among which is the Women Judges of Plateau State in recognition of being the first female Head of Court in Plateau state.
President, Nigerian Bar Association
Paul Usoro, SAN was born on 07 September 1958 and hails from Essien Udim, LGA of Akwa Ibom State. He studied Law at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), Osun State, Nigeria, where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) in 1981.
In 1982, he was called to the Nigerian Bar. Paul served his National Youth Service Corp in Benue State House of Assembly and at George Uloko & Co in Makurdi. In 1983, he joined Sani Mohammed Kuso & Co in Kaduna. In 1985, Paul founded Paul Usoro & Co(PUC)in Kaduna, a full-service Nigerian law firm now with its principal office in Lagos, and branches in Abuja and Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
Paul was elevated to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2003, and has several post graduate executive courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, Fontainebleau Campus of INSEAD in France and at Columbia Business School in New York, USA.
Paul became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2001.
Paul is a nationally acclaimed litigator specializing in commercial litigation, election petition and arbitration and is also a transaction expert whose expertise covers the entire gamut of commercial legal practice servicing blue-chip domestic and multinational companies and public agencies.
Paul’s wealth of experience and unparalleled contributions in the field of telecommunications law and commercial litigation has led to his recognitions in various domestic and international legal directories. Recently, he was recognised in who is who Legal 2018, as a leading expert in the field of Data and Commercial Litigation.He has written and presented dozens of scholarly works.
A boardroom veteran, he sits on the Board of Directors of Access Bank Plc., and chairs the Board’s Remuneration Committee; and Governance & Nomination Committee, is a member of Access Board Audit Committee; Risk Management Committee and Credit & Finance Committee. He is a director of PZ Cussons Plc, and chairs the People & Governance Committee of the company’s Board.
Paul is a Council member of the International Bar Association. Paul serves the NBA as a member of its National Executive Committee for several years, member of the NBA Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee and was the pioneer Chairman of the Communications Committee of the NBA Section of Business Law (“SBL”).
Paul is the incumbent President of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Former President, Nigerian Bar Association
A. B Mahmoud graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979. He holds a Masters degree from the same University specializing in Company and Labour Relations Law. He worked for 15 years with the Kano State Ministry of Justice rising from Pupil State Counsel to the position of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and founded Dikko & Mahmoud in 1993.
He trained at various times at the International Development Law Institute in Rome, where he obtained a Certificate in Law and Development in 1987, and in Legal Aspects of Privatization in 1990. He also holds a Diploma in Sociology of Law from Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain (1990) and another Certificate in Techniques of Privatization from the institute of International Development at Harvard University (2000). He was at North West University in Chicago where he obtained a Certificate in Corporate Law and Business (2002). He also obtained a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.
A.B Mahmoud has appeared in many cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has acted as counsel on a wide range of arbitrations and acted as an arbitrator in others.
AB Mahmoud was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001. He is a Member of the Body of Benchers, Nigeria’s highest body for regulating the legal profession. He is currently the First Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and President of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire, SAN is a lecturer and political technocrat. He started his educational sojourn in 1970 at Lousa Nursery School in Mushin, before moving to St Jude’s Primary School, Mushin, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1977.
Thereafter, he enrolled at The Arch Bishop Aggey Memorial Secondary School, Mushin where obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC). He attended Federal School of Arts and Science, Victoria Island, for a year before proceeding to University of Ilorin to study Law in 1984. In 1986 he transferred to University of Lagos where he completed his Law education in 1988. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 after attending the Law School.
After his National Youth Service Program at the Legal Aid Council, Abeokuta, Dr. Muiz returned to the prestigious University of Lagos for a Master’s Degree (LLM) from 1990 – 1991 during which time he worked simultaneously as Counsel for Segun Akinbiyi and Co. He later co-founded a firm of solicitors – Akinbiyi, Banire and Co. where he was a principal partner.
Dr. Muiz Banire began his teaching career at the University of Lagos in 1991, where he rose to become a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private and Property Law, in 1999. He has published about 30 legal articles in local and international journals on a variety of issues. One of his articles paved the way for the restructuring of the registration process in the Lagos State Lands Registry, and re-ordering of the State’s Certificate of Occupancy.
He is the author of “the Nigerian Law of Trusts” and a co-author of several other books. He is a Notary Public and a Member of several professional bodies including: the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London; Fellow, Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria; Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association etc. He is also a registered with the Law society of England. He has more than 90 awards to his credit.
Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2015. In 2017, he became a Member of the Body of Benchers. He is also the Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria; Member of the Federal Government Constitution Amendment Committee and a Consultant to the House of Representative on Constitutional Amendment.
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
He currently serves on the Board of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He previously served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) between 2013 and 2015; Chairman, Governing Board of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) between 2011 and 2012.
He has attended Courses at the Said Business School of the University of Oxford, the IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland as well as the University of Pennsylvania. And more recently at the Energy Institute in London.
A recipient of many Honours and Awards, Mr. Dodo has been conferred with the prestigious Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), and the Nigerian National Honours Award of the rank of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). The Federal University Wukari has also honoured Mr. Dodo with the “University Service Award – 2015”.
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Efe Etomi graduated from the University of Benin, Benin in 1988 and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1989. For her National Youth service, she worked as Assistant to Second-In-Command, Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation Headquarters, Kaduna between 1989 and 1990 and practiced at the law firm of Gbenga Atoki & Co Kaduna before joining Nigeria’s foremost law firm, Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers in 1992 where she was promoted to Lead counsel and then her current position as partner in 2011.
She is an esteemed member of numerous reputable organizations including, the Nigerian Bar Association, Terralex, International Bar Association (IBA), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), African Women’s Lawyers Association (AWLA), South-South Zonal Coordinator of the African Women Lawyers Association in Nigeria and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators (ICMC).
She has published articles touching on various areas of law including the application of international labour standards by the National Industrial Court, Nigerian family law review, enforcement of arbitral awards, stemming the tide of frivolous injunctions etc.
Efe Etomi has appeared in many cases at all levels of court including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She has acted as counsel on a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters.
Retired Public Servant
Rakiya Sarki Ibrahim (MRS), MON was born on the 19th of February, 1956. She started her educational career at Magwan Primary School, Kano from 1963 to 1967, from where she proceeded to Rimi Primary School, Kano and later to Shekara Girls’ Boarding School, Kano State, where she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate.
Her Secondary Education was at Government Girls College, Dala, Kano, (1970-1974). She later gained admission to the Ahmadu Bello University where she bagged a BSc. in Business Administration. She worked at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund in various capacities as the State Manager, Branch Manager (Abuja), Head of Operations, Branch Manager (Kano) and Zonal Manager. Before then, she served under the Ministry of Education in Kano State as principal for various Schools.
She was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Kano State government for dedication and commitment to the promotion of education in the State. She is also a recipient of National Award of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).
Retired Public Servant (Permanent Secretary)
Mrs Rita Iember Inga was born 26th April, 1951 at Gboko Local Government Area, Benue State. She began her Primary Education in 1958 at Mkar Demonstration Primary School, Gboko. She attended Uvande Girls Boarding School, Benue State from 1962 – 1964 and later enrolled at Girls High School Gindiri, Plateau State from 1965 – 1971 where she obtained her West African School certificate (WASC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC), respectively. She proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she studied Political Science from 1972 – 1975.
Mrs. R.I Inga started her career in 1976 as an Administrative Officer II (GL 08) at Ministry of International Affairs and Information, Benue State. She climbed the Civil Service ranks to become the Director General, Research and Statistics (PRS), Office of the Governor, Benue State in 1989. She was later made the Director General, Government House Administration between 1989 and 1993. Afterwards, she was posted round several ministries within the Benue State Civil Service before she was appointed pioneer Director of Administration, Federal Medical Centre.
She retired voluntarily from Government Service in 2003, and between 2010 and 2015 she was again appointed as Chairperson, Benue State Land Use and Revenue Allocation Committee (LUAC).
Mrs. R.I Inga has attended numerous workshops and seminars around the globe. She has also received diverse awards and commendation in recognition of her outstanding contributions to public service.
She is a Member of several professional bodies including: Member, Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (MIAMN); Council Member, IHAN; Life Member, National Council of Women Societies in Nigeria; Life Member, Bible Society of Nigeria among others.
She is widely travelled and enjoys gardening, reading, current affairs and sports.
SECRETARY TO THE COUNCIL
Ahmed Gambo Saleh was born 3rd June, 1969 in Hadejia, Jigawa State. He holds his first and second degrees in Law from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto and Bayero University, Kano, respectively.
He had a two year stint in private practice before joining the Civil Service where he became a Senior State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Jigawa State between 1998 and 2008. He then moved to Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2008 where he was made the Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the Deputy Chief Registrar (Litigation Department). He was elevated to the position of Chief Registrar in 2014, until 2017 when he was appointed as the Secretary, National Judicial Council to date.
Ahmed Gambo Saleh, LL.B, BL, LLM has more than 20 years in Management and Administrative experience. He is a Member of several professional bodies and has served on quite a number of Judiciary Committees among which are Secretary, Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee; Chairman, Chief Registrars of Nigeria Forum; Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Dutse Branch; Member, Presidential Swearing-in Committee – 2015; Member, Judiciary Information Technology Policy Committee; Member, Federal Judiciary Tenders Board; Secretary, Jigawa State Sharia Implementation Committee, etc.
His hobbies are Sports, Tourism and Community Service.
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