Prominent Faculty Alumni
Hon Justice Mahmud Mohammed
Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
He attended Malam Kasimu Koranic School, Jalingo (1950 -53), Junior Primary School, Jalingo (1953-56), Senior Primary School, Jalingo (1957-59).L.LB Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1970) Justice Mahmud commenced his career in public service with the Ministries of Justice of the defunct Northeastern state, and Gongola state, and the judiciary of the Defunct Gongola state. In 1991, he was nominated the Acting Chief Judge of Taraba state, and was later confirmed as the Substantive Chief Judge of the state the same year. Prior to being appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, he was Justice of the Court of Appeal, and then Presiding Justice. Stepping in as the 15th Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed has made history as the first indigenously-trained lawyer to rise to peak of the judiciary. His predecessors were trained outside the country.
Barr Ibrahim Shehu Shema
Former Governor, Katsina State of Nigeria
Ibrahim Shema was born on 22 September 1952 at Dutsin-Ma town in Katsina State. He attended Nasarawa Primary School, Katsina (1964–1971) and Government Secondary School, Kafanchan (1972–1976). He studied at the College of Arts, Science & Technology, Zaria from 1977 to 1980, when he gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with an LLB in 1983. A year later, he obtained his B.L at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. While practicing law, he studied for a Master of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, which he obtained in 1998. Shema was the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice (August 1999 - May 2003) during Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's first term as Governor of Katsina State, after which he returned to his private legal practice in Kaduna. In January 2005, he was appointed as a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Special Committee on the Anambra Crisis. He then served as the deputy national chairman (North-west zone) of the People's Democratic Party (September 2005 - November 2006), At the same time, serving as Chairman of the PDP National Disciplinary Committee, and Chairman, Governing Council, Peoples Democratic Institute. Shema also served as Chairman, National Reconciliation Committee for the South-South PDP (May to June 2006). He also served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) from December 2005 to November 2006, when he won the PDP's ticket to contest the 2007 gubernatorial elections in Katsina State. Governor of Katsina State Location of Katsina state in Nigeria Ibrahim Shema was elected Governor of Katsina State on 12 April 2007, as successor to Umaru Yar'Adua, who had been elected President. He took office on 29 May 2007. Shema has been described as a "stingy governor," since he has refused to open the State's vault for Katsina politicians, a characteristic he shares with his predecessor, Yar'Adua . Shema was reelected for another four-year term on 28 April 2011, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. Shema won 1,027,912 votes, followed by Masari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 555,769 votes. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate came third with 19,990 votes.
His Excellency Governor Dr Simon Lalong
The Executive Governor of Plateau State
Simon Bako Lalong- the Governor of Plateau State was born on May 5th, 1963. He is a native of Ajikamai in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. Simon Bako Lalong had his Primary School Education at R.C.M. Primary School Shendam obtaining his First School Leaving Certificate in 1977 he went further with his Secondary Education at G.S.S Shendam where he obtained his O’ Level Certificate in 1982. Furthermore he went to S.P.S Keffi where he had his A’ Level in 1986. Simon Bako Lalong thereafter studied Law at Abu Zaria and graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1990. He went to the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Law School and had his one year compulsory studies and was called to bar in 1991. He did not just stop there, he went ahead to obtain his Masters Degree in Law(LLM) at the University of Jos in 1986.
Hon Justice Muhammad Lawal Uwaisu, GCON
Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1995 to 2006)
Chief Justice of the federal republic of Nigeria (1995 to 2006)Mohammed Lawal Uwais, former chief justice of Nigeria, 75, June 12. Born in Kaduna, Kaduna State, he was educated at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria; the University of London and Inn of Court, School of Law, London. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, London, 1963. Uwais was assistant publicity secretary at the ministry of information, Northern Nigeria between 1959 and 1964; state counsel, 1966-1970; acting chief judge of Kaduna State, 1976. He moved to the Court of Appeal, 1979-1985, and became the acting chief justice of Nigeria, 1991-1992 and the chief justice of Nigeria in 1995. He was appointed to head a committee that reviewed the nation’s electoral laws by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007.
Hon Justice Idris L Kutigi
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria(2007 to 2009)
Justice Idris Kutigi was born on December 31, 1939 in Kutigi, North-Western State (which is now located in the Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State). Justice Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State until 1976, when he was appointed high court judge. He served with honour in that position for more than a decade, and later joined the Supreme Court in 1992. After 10 years at the Supreme Court, based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to the position of Chief Justice to succeed Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore, who retired on January 17, 2007. By January 30, 2007, Kutigi was confirmed by the Senate and took over as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Chairman of the Federal Judicial Service Commission and Chairman of the National Judicial Council. He occupied these offices simultaneously between January 30, 2007 and December 30, 2009.
His Royal highness, Aliyu Musdafa Barkindo
His Royal Highness, the Emir of Yola
Aliyu Musdafa Barkindo was born in Yola in February 1944, eldest son of the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa. He attended Barewa College, Zaria and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Diploma in Law in 1969. Later he attended North London Polytechnic (1973–1975) and St Clements University in the Turks and Caicos Islands (2000–2002). He worked with the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Port Authority and the National Freight Company. Joining the Gongola State civil service, he became a Commissioner for Works and later a Commissioner for Animal Health. Barkindo was a director of the National Engineering and Technical Company (1991–1993), chairman of Stirling Civil Engineering Nigeria Limited (1991–2003) and chairman of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (2003–2005).
Hon Mohammed Bello Adoke
Nigerian Attorney General and Minister of Justice on 6 April 2010
Barrister Mohammed Bello Adoke, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (born 1 September 1963) was appointed Nigerian Attorney General and Minister of Justice on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet. Adoke was born on 1 September 1963 in Kogi State. He gained a degree in law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and 1985, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in October 1986. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax Law from Robert Kennedy University in Zurich, Switzerland and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Keble College, Oxford. He held positions with the Kwara State Schools' Management Board, Kano State Ministry of Justice and private law firms before establishing his own practice. He was a member of the Board of Peugeot Automobile from 2006 to 2008 and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee of Unity Bank. He has acted as an arbitrator in England and Nigeria, handling commercial disputes involving Shell Ultra Deep and the Federal Government of Nigeria, Global Steel Holdings and the Bureau of Public Enterprises Investment, and AES Nigeria Barge and Lagos State Government. His appointment as Minister of Justice and Attorney General on 6 April 2010 was seen as an attempt by Jonathan to introduce a fresh approach in pushing through electoral reforms.
His Excellency Governor Donald Duke
Donald Duke was the Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007
He received LLB degree in 1982 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria, the B.L in 1983 from the Nigerian An Honours Graduate of Law of the famous Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Donald successfully completed his professional training at the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, following which he was called to the Bar in 1983. Not too long after his call, he proceeded to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, one of America's leading Universities which has produced numerous world leaders of diverse backgrounds including Presidents and Heads of State/Governments, Senators and Governors, among whom Donald Duke is one. Since the object of his mission at Pennsylvania was to properly equip himself for a challenging corporate world, Donald took graduate course work at Wharton Business School, concurrently as he obtained the Master of Laws (LLM) Degree of the University with a specialization in International Business Law and Admiralty. Shortly after completing these two programmes, he joined the prestigious Washington DC Law firm of Baker & Hostetler as an Associate.