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Attorney General of the Federation

Abubakar Malami, the current Attorney-General of the Federation of Nigeria and Minister of Justice was born on April 17, 1967 in Birnin-Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria, and was sworn into office on November 15, 2015.


His early formal education spans Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi and College of Arts and Arabic Studies for secondary education. He graduated from Usmanu Dan Fodio University 1991 having obtained a degree in law – and was subsequently called to the bar in 1992 after attending the Nigerian Law School, Lagos campus. He also has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.


Professionally, he was conferred with the highly coveted rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, sixteen years after being called to the bar in recognition of his contribution to the legal profession which also includes stint as counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as an election petition strategists for various parties including the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, a party for which he also served as its National Legal Adviser. He is recognised as playing an active role in the formation of the All Progressive Congress, in 2013, during which he acted as the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP.

His resume in the political arena include stints as:

National Legal Adviser of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)

Chairman, Legal Team, CPC Presidential Campaign Organisation (2011)·

Chairman Legal Team, CPC Presidential Campaign Organisation (2011)·

Member, PDP Legal Team, Election Petition (2003)·

Member, Kano State LG Election Tribunal (2004)·

Member, National Convention and Congress Committee (2013)·

Member, APC Electoral Committee For Anambra State Gubernatorial Election (2013)·

Member, Kebbi State Committee on Federal Government’s National Conference Of 2013·

Chairman, APC Kano State Congress Appeals Committee (May 2014)·

Member, APC Constitution Sub-committee (June 2014).


In 2014, Abubakar contested for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Kebbi State but lost the primaries to Atiku Bugudu. On November 11, 2015, Abubakar was appointed, at just 48 years old, into the Muhammadu Buhari’s Cabinet  as its youngest member making him a member of Nigeria’s exclusive club of preferred legal practitioners to attain the office of the Attorney-General viz:

Attorney-general Tenure
1 Justice Taslim elias, CFR, GCON 1960 – 1966
2 G.I.M Onyiuke, SAN 1st March 1966 – 29th July 1966
3 Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas 1966 – 1972
4 Justice Dan Ibekwe 1972 – 1975
5 Justice Augustine Nnamani, CON 1975 -1979
6 Richard O.A Akinjide, SAN 1979 -1983
7 Kehinde Sofola, SAN Oct 1983 – Dec. 1983
8 Chike Ofodile, SAN 1984 – Aug. 1985
9 Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN 12th Sept. 1985 – 4th Dec. 1991
10 Clement Akpamgbo, SAN 1991 – 1993
11 Olu Onagoruwa 1993 – 1994
12 Michael A. Agbamuche, SAN 1994 – 1997
13 Achiji Abdullahi Ibrahim, OFR, SAN 1997 – May 1999
14 Kanu Godwin Agabi, SAN June 1999 – Jan. 2000
15 Bola Ige, SAN 3rd Jan. 200 – 23rd Dec. 2001
16 Kanu Godwin Agabi, SAN 2002 -2003
17 Akin Olujimi, SAN July 2003 – July 2005
18 Bayo Ojo,  SAN, FCI, Arb, (UK) July 2005 –July 2007
19 Michael A. Aondoakaa, SAN 26th July 2007 – 10th Feb. 2010
20 Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN 10th Feb.2010 –17th March 2010
21 Mohammed Bello Adoke,  SAN, CFR 6th April 2010 – 29th May 2011
22 Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, CFR 2nd July 2011 – May 2015
23 Abubakar Malami, SAN 11th Nov. 2015 till date

Attorneys-General in Nigeria work with Solicitors-General which past and present list are:

2. ADEITAN AYINDE  ADEDIRAN M 30th Sept, 1968 –  20THAug, 1974 OYO
3. JOSEPH DIEKOLA OGUNDERE M 1st Jan, 1975 – 1976 OYO
4. THOMAS SHOGBETUN M 2ndJan,1976 – 1st June, 1977 OGUN
5. SIJI SOETAN M 1st June, 1977 – 2ndMarch,1981 OGUN
6. HOWARD FYNN DAVID-WEST M 2ndMarch, 1981 – 26thMay, 1988 RIVERS
7. DR. JAMES BABATUNDE  AJALA M 27THMay,1988 – Dec, 1991 OYO
8. SUNDAY. O. OJOMO M JAN, 1992 – July, 1993 ONDO
9. PROF. WOLE AKANLE M JULY, 1993 – July,1994 ONDO
11. AKIN AKINLEYE M 31st April, 1999 – 17thMay, 2000 OYO
12. TURI .O.  AKERELE F 18th May, 2000 – 8th May, 2001 LAGOS
13. TITILAYO  A. ASABI OSINUGA F 9th May, 2001 – 1stMarch, 2003 LAGOS
14. PROF. IGNATIUS AKAYAR AYUA, SAN, OFR M 2ndMarch, 2003 – 5th May, 2008 BENUE
15. ABDULLAHI A. YOLA,  OON M 18th Aug, 2008 – 10th Nov, 2015 KANO
16. TAIWO AKINOLA ABIDOGUN ESQ M 10th Nov. 2015 – To – Date OYO



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