Chairman of the Kano branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ibrahim Mukhtar has been appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Kano state. His appointment was confirmed Wednesday by the state House of Assembly, said the Publicity Secretary of the branch, Yusuf Abdul Salam in a Press statement.
Until his appointment, Ibrahim was Chief State Counsel with the Kano State Ministry of Justice. As the leader of the NBA in Kano, he has been in the forefront of the effort to sanitise the judicial system in the state, having made the main focus of his administration the need to reposition the practice of law to meet the required standard in the state.
Ibrahim worked assiduously to bring Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN), an NGO to Kano and supported them all the way to carry out a court observation scheme that was aimed at making judges, magistrates and qadis take their jobs seriously.
He was successful in convincing members of the Kano NBA to embrace what his executive council called “My NBA Project” which was borne out of the desire to make every member contribute personally to the development of the branch. As a response to this call, the branch got a befitting website, an e-library, books and others. A recreation centre where members could unwind and engage in exercises is in the offing. The branch has also witnessed far better strict adherence to the ethics of the legal profession, as his exco had insisted from the onset that breach would never be allowed to go unpunished.
Prior to his new appointment, he has initiated moves to combat the menace of lateness of judges, magistrates and qadis to courts. He refused to entertain any form of excuse as justification for such lateness, insisting that courts in the state have obligations to sit at 9 ‘O clock am.
He graduated from Bayero University Kano in the year 1999 and did his mandatory National Youth Service the year after. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in the year 2001. He was a partner at A. A. MU’ALLiMU & CO., (Legal Practitioners) between 2001 and 2003. Ibrahim decided to serve the public and accepted the offer from Kano State Ministry as a state counsel and has passed through the ranks to the position of Chief State Counsel. He served as Vice Chairman of the NBA in Kano and was elected chairman in 2016
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