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PROFILE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA


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 Adoke

Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN   
Office Address: Ministry of Justice,
Shehu Shagari Waym Central Area, Abuja, Nigeria
 Phone: 09-5235208, 5237676, 5235194
Website: http://www.fmj.gov.ng/





Mohammed Bello Adoke was born on the 1st day of September, 1963 in Kogi State, Nigeria.

He obtained a law degree from the  Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria in 1985 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in October 1986. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Tax Law from Robert Kennedy University in Zurich, Switzerland and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Keble College, Oxford.

Before opening his own law firm, he worked with the Kwara State Schools' Management Board, Kano State Ministry of Justice and private law firms. As a legal practitioner, chartered Arbitrator and notary public, he has acted as an arbitrator in England and Nigeria, handling commercial disputes as well as a Receiver/Manager to several distressed Companies.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International bar Association, the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee and a honorary fellow of the Institute of Business Executives of Nigeria and Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrators.

Between 2006 and 2008, he was a member of the Board of Peugeot Automobile as well as Chairman of the Board Audit Committee of Unity Bank. He also served on the presidential Commission for the wholesale review of the Arbitration and Conciliation Laws of Nigeria.

He was first appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Nigerian Federation on 6 April 2010, by President Goodluck Jonathan after he ascended Presidency after the demise of President Musa Yar’Adua. Following the re-emergence of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency on May 29, 2011, after the 2011 elections, Adoke was re-appointed to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

As Attorney General of the Federation, Adoke is the Chief Law Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has the duty of ensuring the enforcement of the Nigerian Constitution and the nation’s compendium of laws in a way that reflects and meaningfully satisfies the fundamental objectives and directive principles of the Nigerian State.

Specifically, it is Adoke’s peremptory duty to ensure that:

1.    The Federal Republic of Nigeria operates as a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice;

2.    The people of Nigeria remain the repository of the Sovereignty of their nation through whom any government under the Constitution derives its powers and authority at all times;

3.    The security and welfare of the people of Nigeria remain the primary purpose of the Federal Government;

4.    Nigeria’s people participate in their national government; and

5.    The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs are conducted in such a manner as to reflect Nigeria’s federal character so as to earn the loyalty of citizens thereby safeguarding the unity of nation.

                                                                                              

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