MR. ABUBAKAR BALARABE MAHMOUD, SAN, OON
President, Nigerian Bar Association
A. B Mahmoud graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979. He holds a Masters degree from the same University specializing in Company and Labour Relations Law. He worked for 15 years with the Kano State Ministry of Justice rising from Pupil State Counsel to the position of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and founded Dikko & Mahmoud in 1993.
He trained at various times at the International Development Law Institute in Rome, where he obtained a Certificate in Law and Development in 1987, and in Legal Aspects of Privatization in 1990. He also holds a Diploma in Sociology of Law from Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain (1990) and another Certificate in Techniques of Privatization from the institute of International Development at Harvard University (2000). He was at North West University in Chicago where he obtained a Certificate in Corporate Law and Business (2002). He also obtained a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.
A.B Mahmoud has appeared in many cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has acted as counsel on a wide range of arbitrations and acted as an arbitrator in others.
AB Mahmoud was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001. He is a Member of the Body of Benchers, Nigeria’s highest body for regulating the legal profession. He is currently the First Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and President of the Nigerian Bar Association.