About The NBA
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is a non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria. It is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria.
It has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and a working partnership with many national and international non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria and in Africa.
The NBA is made up of 109 branches, 3 professional sections, 2 specialized institutes, 6 practice-cadre forums, and high level leverage in the political society in Nigeria.
Its National Secretariat is managed from Abuja. Its organizational Structure comprises a National Executive Committee, a National Officers/ Management Board, Sections, forums, committees, Working Groups and a National Secretariat with a manpower strength of 34 staff as at June 2010.
The Nigerian Bar Association is a principled, people-centred organization, which takes with all seriousness, its leading role in advancing the reform of Nigeria’s laws, strengthening her access to justice institutions and promoting the rule of law and good governance.
The NBA also has commitment to strengthening legal skills and law practice of its members, and to improve the legal profession in order to meet the needs of the 21st century. It also seek to reposition its members to embrace and cope with the changes occasioned by globalization, information technology and economic developments, to enable the Nigerian lawyer and law firm compete in the international globalised market.
To be in the vanguard for the promotion and defence of the rule of law, good governance, social justice and the dignity of all persons.
To rank among the foremost Bar Associations in the world.
To use the law as an instrument for social change.
Promoting the Rules of law.
Maintenance and defence of the integrity and independence of the Bar and the Judiciary in Nigeria.
Promotion and advancement of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, Advocacy and Jurisprudence.
Improvement of the system of administration of justice, its procedure and the arrangement of court business and regular law reporting.
Establishment, maintenance and efficient operation of a system of prompt and efficient legal aid and assistance for those in need but who are unable to pay for same.
Promotion and support of law reform.
Maintenance of the highest standards of professional conduct, etiquette and discipline.
Promotion of good relations among the members of the Association and between them and lawyers of other countries.
Promotion of co-operation between the Association and other National or International Law Organizations and such other bodies as may be approved by the National Executive Committee.
Encouragement and protection of the right of access to courts at reasonably affordable fees and of representation by counsel before courts and tribunals.
Encouragement of the establishment of a National Law Library.
Promotion and protection of the principles of the rule of law and respect for enforcement of fundamental rights, human rights and people’s rights.
Creation of schemes for the encouragement of newly qualified members and assistance to aged or incapacitated members of the Association.
Establishment of schemes for the promotion of the welfare, security and economic advancement of members of the legal profession.
Creation and maintenance of an Endowment Fund for the proper observance and discharge of any of these aims and objects.
Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud,
Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, LL.M SAN, OON, FCIArb
The Legal Luminary Graduated from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979. He holds a Master’s Degree from the same University specialising in Company and Labour Relations Law. He spent 15 years working with the Kano State Ministry of Justice rising from pupil state counsel to the position of Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice whilst founding Dikko & Mahmoud a vibrant partnership in 1993.
He 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.A.B Mahmoud SAN is the 2nd Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a Board Member of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, recently appointed AB Mahmoud to the Board of the Dangote Foundation.
SIAKA ABIOLA OLAGUNJU
SIAKA ABIOLA OLAGUNJU ESQ
UNIVERSIY OF LAGOS (1992) YEAR OF CALL TO THE BAR (1993)
HISTORY OF SERVICE TO THE NBA:
2000-2001: SOCIAL SECRETARY, NBA IBADAN BRANCH
2000 MEMBER: LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
2006 – 2008: NATIONAL 1ST ASST. SECRETARY
2006 – MAY 2008: SECRETARY, NBA HUMAN RIGHT COMMITTEE OF NBA
2008 – 2010: SECRETARY, NBA HUMAN RIGHT INSTITUTE
2006 – 2010: MEMBER, JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM COMMITTEE OF THE NBA
2006 – 2010: MEMBER, NATIONAL TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON PROBONO & SETTING UP OF FAMILY COURT IN NIGERIA
2010 – SECRETARY, NBA 2010 ELECTION COMMITTEE
2012 – 2014 MEMBER, GOVERNING COUNCIL, NBA HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE [NBAHRI]2013 – 2014 MEMBER, GOVERNING COUNCIL SECTION ON LEGAL PRACTICE (SLP) OF NBA
2014- 2015 CHAIRMAN, HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, IBADAN BRANCH
2015 – TILL DATE: PROSECUTOR, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
ATTENDED ALL NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCES
FROM 1998 TILL DATE
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (NBA)
AFRICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA)
INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION (IBA)
JUSTINIAN LAWYERS INTERNATIONAL
ASSOCIATION EUROPEA DE ABOGADOS (ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN LAWYERS)
HONOURS & AWARDS
MERIT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS NATIONAL 1ST ASST. SECRETARY (2006 – 2008)
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE BY NBA (IBADAN BRANCH) 2013
Caleb Gal Dajan,
First Vice President
I am Caleb Gal Dajan, Esq., from Pankshin LGC of Plateau State.
I Went to the University of Jos for both my LL.B and LL.M, Degrees. I left the University of Jos in 1987 to the Nigerian Law School. I belong to the Famous ‘88 Class of the NLS Lagos.
I registered with Nigerian Bar Association, jos Branch in 1989 after my NYSC at Enugu, where I was the first Legal Officer of Orient Bank Enugu (now defunct)
I started my Practice with G.S .YILYOK and CO in 1989 and left them in 1993 to set up my own chambers…Caleb G. Dajan & CO.
I am an active member of the NBA Jos Branch and served as its Chairman, Human Rights Committee. And I became the Chairman of the Bar 2006-2010.
I contested the position of the first Vice President of NBA 2012, and Lost to a Class Mate, OJ ERHABOR .Esq.
Monday Onyekachi Ubani
Second Vice President
M. O. Ubani is the principal partner of the law firm of Ubani & Co. He established the firm in 1992 shortly after the compulsory NYSC programme. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained an LLB (second class upper division) Degree, and was called to Bar in 1990 after bagging a B.L (second class upper division) from the Nigerian Law School. He is also a holder of an L.L.M Degree in Comparative Constitutional and Company which he obtained from the prestigious University of Lagos.
He began his professional working career as a young counsel in the law firm of K. C. Ugbuaja & Co. in Kano State, during his NYSC compulsory programme. He also worked in the law firm of Wole Olufon & Co. Today, among other things he is an External Solicitor to many companies and high net-worth individuals in Nigeria.
Ben Nwosa Oji
3RD Vice President
Okey Leo Ohagba
1st Assistant Secretary
Okey Leo Ohagba was born to Sir Iduu W.A. and Lady Rose-Mary Uche Ohagba on 19th October, 1978. He attended St. Jude’s Primary School Ubahuekwem Ihiala, Anambra State from 1986-1991 before proceeding to Community Secondary School, Ihiala, Anambra state in 1991 for his post-primary education and concluded in 1996.
He gained admission to study Law in 2000 at the prestigious Madonna University, Okija, Anambra state and was among the pioneer Law graduates of the University in 2005. He attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus and was called to the Bar in November 2007.
Okey, with a burning passion for legal practice, had a special training on ADR and got certified as an ADR expert before he started his private legal practice career in 2008 as an associate in the law firm of N.H. Ajie and Co. of Port-Harcourt, and in 2012 went on to establish the law firm of O.L. OHAGBA & COMPANY (Pax et Caritas Chambers) situate in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state. He remains the Principal Partner in the firm.
Ugbuji Cecilia Negede
Second Assistant Secretary
I was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2008. I started my law practice with Marc Enamhe and co before moving to port Harcourt to work under Mr Chima Boms of Boms and Boms Chambers. I returned to Ogoja and continued working with Marc Enamhe and co.
I have served in different organizations and have been an active member of the Bar since 2008 .
I have served the Nigerian Bar Association in the following capacity.
1. Assistant financial secretary (NBA) – 2014 to 2016
2. Assistant financial secretary of Ogoja branch – 2008 to 2013. 3. Trained NBA Rapporteur – 2009 till date
1. Financial secretary Calabar Municipal Referees society
2. Secretary Calabar Municipal Referees society.
3. Treasurer Obio\Akpor Referees society.
4.Welfare Secretary Rivers State Referees council.
CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS:
· Nigerian Bar Association Annual general conferences 2008 to date
· International Bar conference (IBA) Dubai 2010
· Section on legal practice 2009 to date
·Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) 2016
·First African Bar Leaders Conference 2016
·Section on business law 2016
·Eastern Bar forum seminars 2012 to date
Aisha Ado Abdullahi
Aisha Ado Abdullahi has over ten years working experience as a lawyer and consultant in law and development issues. Working under the business name of Green Edge Attorneys (law firm) which she founded in 2007. Engaged in fulltime General law practice ( as a Barrister and Solicitor).
Aisha is a serving member of Council of Legal Education representing Nigeria Bar Association. She was a member of a team of consultants engaged by Justice for all programme of the British council and DFID that developed a training manual and delivered a series of training workshops on mediation and conflict resolution to Traditional rulers and the Wives of Traditional rulers (to enhance access to justice for women) in Jigawa State from 2009 to 2014.
Aisha was also a consultant/ Researcher for assessment on capacity of criminal justice institutions for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2014. She chaired a team that developed a media programme to increase awareness on rape and violence against women, causes and ways to seek redress and rehabilitation, under a coalition in Kano State called C.A.R.A.V (coalition against rape and violence).
As a Consultant to Justice for all programme of the DFID Aisha served as a researcher in-charge of Kano State in the Identification and Mapping of Business Membership Organizations (Bmos)\ Trade and Market Associations (Tmas) non-court connected ADR Mechanisms In 4 States (Lagos, Kano, Anambra, Enugu) and The Fct, Abuja, 2013. She is also serving as a consultant on ADR and traditional mediation to DFID’s Justice for All (J4A) Programme.
Aisha in her capacity as a member of the executive committee of the Kano Civil Society Forum also participated in the creation of a Human Rights Abuse Complaint Mechanism stationed in the Kano State Ministry of Justice which was set in place with the Support of the Justice for all programme of the DFID and Kano State Justice Sector Reform Team for the purpose of dealing with complaints against human rights violation by the Joint Task Force.
Aisha served as a researcher for the assessment of commercial dispute resolution mechanisms in Kano and Kaduna state conducted by HDI for DFID’s J4A programme in February 2012.
She also served as a member of a team of Consultants for the development and domestication of the National Gender policy for Jigawa State funded by the Jigawa State Ministry of Women Affairs in November 2011.
Aisha was a trainer on ADR for Magistrates at workshop on capacity building of magistrates, State Counsel and Police organised by Kwara State Ministry of Justice, Illorin in February 2010.
She was involved in research for the evaluation of video films on promoting women’s rights through Sharia supported by DFID’s SJG programme in November 2009, also researched on baseline data for justice institutions in Kano and Jigawa for DFID’s SJG programme (2007-2010) and for J4A 2011. Aisha also facilitated a workshop to revise strategic plan on promoting women’s rights through Sharia in 2008 supported by DFID’s SJG programme.
Aisha obtained her law degree (1997-2002) and masters in business and commercial law in Bayero University Kano, Nigeria (2006-2007) and also obtained her barrister at law degree from the Nigerian Law school. She has since continued pursuit of continuing legal education and self-development by attending and participating in various professional courses both at home and abroad.
I am a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State. I graduated from the ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2002 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2004; I have been in active private legal practice since my call to bar, and I have handled several matters in the High Courts of various states in the federation, Federal High Courts and appeared in several appellate courts including the Supreme Court of Nigeria. I obtained an LLM degree from the ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, with specialty in International trade and Investment law, and Aviation and Communication Law in 2011. I am the Managing Partner of AderetiAdegbite& Co (AAC).
My core practice areas are general civil litigation and commercial/ Corporate law practice. I commenced substantive legal practice in 2004 in Awka, during my NYSC with the Nigerian Police where I served as a legal officer in the Legal Department 0f the Anambra State Police Command. I had earlier been exposed to legal practice between June, 2002 and September, 2003 while waiting for the Law School, when I had the opportunity of learning the rudiments of the law in prestigious law offices of Olujinmi&Akeredolu in Ibadan and later at the Law Firm of Folake Bello & Co in Lagos. Even though I had not attended the Law School at that time, I learnt a whole lot about the beauty and dynamics of litigation at the law firm of Olujinmi&Akeredolu, each time I accompanied the lawyers to court. On the other hand, I was tutored in the art of commercial practice by my then Principal at Folake Bello & Co, who later became Nigerian Ambassador to Zambia with concurrent accreditation to Mauritius (Ambassador Chief (Mrs.)Folake Marcus-Bello).
Udodi Ngozi Martha
QUALIFICATION: LLB-BL (HONS) UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS &
NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL LAGOS
MARITAL STATUS: MOTHER WITH KIDS
DATE OF BIRTH: 22ND JULY,1950
CONTACT ADDRESS: UDODI CHEMBERS UMUEZE-ENEKE HALL,
ALOR P.O. BOX 355 IDEMILI SOUTH L.G.A
OBJECTIVE: TO CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TOWARDS
REALIZATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL
EDUCATION: 1989-1995 (UNILAG) UNIVERSITY OF
1996-1997 NIGERIA LAW SCHOOL LAGOS
1970-1971 ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE, AWKA
1964-1970 ABA GIRL’S SECONDARY
1961-1964 ST. MARY CATHOLIC PRIMARY
1958-1961 HOLY ROSERY CATHOLIC
PRIMARY SCHOOL, ABA
CERTIFICATE: LLB BL (HONS) LAW
PART 1 AIB INSTITUTE OF BANKERS
FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE.
AFRI BANK PLC IN VERIOUS BRANCHES AND CAPACITY
POST- PRINCIPAL MANAGER 1971-1999
NGOZI M. UDODI & CO
PROFESSINAL LEGAL PRACTITIONERS/ ESTATE
CONSULTANTS AND NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS 2000-DATE
Ngwu Dorcas Nnennaya
Assistant Publicity Secretary
NAME : MBAMALA CHUKWUEMEKA
MARITAL STATUS: Married
FAMILY: Adaobi Christiana Mbamala – Wife
CONTACT ADDRESS : Arhtur Mbamala & Co, 1B Nnajiogbodo Streed, Achara Layout Enugu, Enugu State
NBA BRANCH: Enugu (Coal City) known as SECONDUS NULUS BAR
TELEPHONE: 08033240822, 09099230070
STATE OF ORIGIN: Imo
Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Barrister of Law (BL)
Balogun Rafiu Oyeyemi
R. O. BALOGUN PREPARED TO SERVE AS LEGAL ADVISER
CALL TO BAR:- 23rd JANUARY, 2001
PUPILLAGE:- YUSUF ALI SAN & CO. 2001 – 2007
HIS LAW FIRM:- R. O. BALOGUN & CO. 2007 – TILL DATE
EXPERIENCE:- Pupilage: Well exposed during his pupilage. Involved in several Landmark cases, Commission of Enquiries, Prosecutions, Election Petitions, Panel of Enquiry e.t.c.