Justice Mohammed Bello
(1930-2004) was the first Northern Chief Justice of Nigeria
(1987-1995). He was an eminent jurist who tried to protect the court against the excess of military incursion in judicial matters.
Education and early life
Mohammed Bello was born in Katsina, his father, Gidado was the mufti of Katsina. He started early education at the Central Elementary school Katsina
, in 1943. For secondary tutelage, he attended the Middle school in Katsina
. He then proceeded to the University College Ibadan
to study Latin
as a preparatory course for a Law degree. Between 1953 and 1955, he was at Inn of court, London, earning his law degree.Mohammed Bello then started his professional law career as the pupil crown counsel
to the Northern Nigeria government in 1956. In 1961, he was appointed the chief magistrate, Northern Nigeria and served in that capacity for three years. He took on another public duty as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Northern Nigeria. During the waning months of the Nigerian civil war, Justice Mohammed Bello was appointed acting and later Chief Justice
of Northern Nigeria between 1969 and 1975.
Described as a detribalized Nigerian by some of his peers, Justice Mohammed Bello's tenure at the Supreme Court was one of a fearless actor in the midst of a military onslaught on democratic norms and judicial precedents. As the supreme court chief he steered the wheels of the judiciary
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