HON. JUSTICE ALOMA MARIAM MUKHTAR

HON. JUSTICE ALOMA MARIAM MUKHTAR

Patron

Aloma Mariam Mukhtar is a Nigerian jurist and former Chief Justice of Nigeria from July 2012 to November 2014. She was called to the English Bar in November, 1966 and to the Nigerian Bar in 1967. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan swore in Mukhtar on 16 July 2012 as the 13th indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, and conferred on her the Nigerian National Honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

Background

Mukhtar is from Kano State She attended St. George’s Primary School, Zaria, St. Bartholomew’s School, Wusasa, Zaria, Rossholme School for Girls, East Brent, Somerset, England, Reading Technical College, Reading, Berkshire, England, and Gibson and Weldon College of Law, England, before being called to the English Bar in absentia in November, 1966

Career

Mukhtar began her career in 1967 as Pupil State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Northern Nigeria and rose through the ranks:

• Office of the Legal Draftsman, Interim Common Services Agency, Magistrate Grade I, North Eastern State Government, 1971 • Chief Registrar, Kano State Government Judiciary, 1973 • Judge of the High Court of Kano State, 1977—1987 • Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Ibadan division, 1987—1993 • Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, 2005—2012 • Justice of the Supreme Court of The Gambia 2011-2012 • Chief Justice of Nigeria, 2012—2014

In her career, Mukhtar has been many firsts: she is the first female lawyer from Northern Nigeria, first female judge of the High Court in Kano State judiciary, the first female justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.