Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

Aloma Mariam Mukhtar (born 20 November 1944) 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 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).

Early Life: Mukhtar is from Adamawa state.[5] She attended Saint. 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 & Achievements: 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 (certain sources have erroneously given Roseline Ukeje this honor) and the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Awards: During the course of her career she received several awards including the Nigerian national honor of Commander of the Order of Niger in 2006. Prior to that in 1993, she received a Gold Merit Award for her contribution in the development of law in Kano state and was also inducted into the Nigerian Hall of Fame in 2005.

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