Danjuma Mohammed

Danjuma Mohammed, 43, educator, judge, and negotiator, has been appointed Acting Grand Khadi of Niger State Sharia Court of Appeal, the ultimate head of the apex juridical institution that receives and dispenses appeals from subordinate area courts, which administer Islamic law in the state. Since May, 2000, the state has put in place a strict version of Islamic legal code, which integrated criminal aspects of the code as justiciable entities, with the Sharia Court of Appeal as the maximum referral and interpretive body. Before his recent elevation, he was khadi in the Sharia Court of Appeal, since 2012.

Born in Kutigi, headquarters of Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State, he was educated and versed in two legal traditions, the Western common law and the Sharia, which derives its scope, sources and strength from the Holy Qur’an, the sacred scripture of Muslims. Since graduating from Usumanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, in 1998, he has practised and taught the nuances of the two parallel legal traditions, as solicitor with Liberty and Summit Chambers in Minna and lecturer with Justice Fati Lami Abubakar College of Arts and Islamic Studies, Minna (now renamed FatiLami Abubakar Institute for Legal and Administrative Studies, Kpakungu, in Minna). He holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from University of Jos, in 2010, two years after his bachelor’s degree in law from Sokoto. He also holds a Diploma in Law, from College of Arts and Islamic Legal Studies, Minna, a Grade II Teachers Certificate, a Diploma in Computer, and Advanced Certificate in Arabic. He is a polyglot, competent in English, Hausa, Arabic, and his mother tongue, Nupe. He is a member of Nigeria Bar Association and Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators. He is married and blessed with children.

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