MAGAJI MATO IBRAHIM: Senior Advocate who defied school authority to read law

MAGAJI MATO IBRAHIM, Senior Advocate, SAN, law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kano
Magaji Mato Ibrahim, SAN has been passionate about law practice since childhood

MAGAJI MATO IBRAHIM: Senior Advocate who defied school authority to read law

One of the two lawyers from Kano State who were conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2022 was Magaji Mato Ibrahim, a 42-year-old down-to-earth practitioner who has had his eyes so fixated on legal practice right from his childhood.

His record of academic exploits at St. Louis and St. Thomas Catholic schools in Kano marked him out to be steered along science subjects but he defied the counselling of the school authorities, insisting he wanted to be a lawyer.

For a student who has never gone below the first or second position in class, he shocked the school principal, a German lady, by dictating in a surprisingly absolute and informed terms, at his teen age, that his ambition was to become a lawyer. Despite having contrary opinion, the principal had to concede to his wish and allow him to take the Arts subjects.

That was Magaji Mato Ibrahim, a determined personality right from the onset.

Born on 23rd March, 1979 to the family of Mr & Mrs Ibrahim Magaji aka Danfarke in Refawa Community, Rano Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria, he attended Munture Government Primary School from 1985 to 1988 and Refawa Community Primary School from 1988 to 1991. Thereafter, he started primary four and five again from 1991 to 1993 in St. Louis Nursery/Primary school.

In 1993, he wrote common entrance examination to St. Thomas Secondary School and was admitted into JSS 1 and in 1999 he completed his secondary education in the same school.

In 1999, he graduated as the best Arts student produced by the St. Thomas Secondary School, Kano with distinction in all his subjects. While in the school, he served as the school time keeper from 1995 to 1996; senior prefect from 1996 to 1999 when he finally left the school.

In 1999, he sat for WAEC and JAMB, and passed with distinction, thereby securing admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study law. He graduated in 2005 from the Faculty of Law, ABU with LLB 2nd Class Honours.

He was admitted into Nigeria Law School, Abuja camp.


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MAGAJI MATO IBRAHIM, Senior Advocate, SAN, law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Kano
Magaji Mato Ibrahim, SAN

us and successfully graduated in 2006 with BL. Hons.

Magaji Mato did his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kwara State, with his official place of primary assignment in State Command of Nigeria Police Force.

Here also, he manifested his passion for law practice when he personally went in search of a place to practice law and after several attempts, he was accepted by Dayo Akinlaja, SAN until he was requested to move to the Chambers of Roland Otaru, SAN where he stayed until the end of his service year.

While there, he was exposed to series of election petition matters in Edo, Ekiti, Lagos and a host of other states. There was no single dull moment.

After the mandatory service year, he returned to Kano and was employed by Sir Steve Adehi, SAN from 2007 to 2009. He got married in 2008 to his beautiful wife, Mrs Binta V. Magaji on the 20th of December, 2008 and is blessed with three children, Suleiman Magaji, Musa Magaji and Maryam Magaji.

He started his personal Chambers, namely the Supreme Chambers, in 2009.

Currently, he has at least eight lawyers and about five supporting staff working under him.

Magaji was honoured by the Pope Francis as papal Knight of St. Gregory the Great (KSGG) in 2018, a position that equates him with any prince in Rome.

In the course of his career, he was also honoured with a chieftaincy title by the Eze Ndi Igbo Kano as Wanne Dinamba 1, Ndi Igbo na Kano.

As an astute legal practitioner, he has handled cases at the various cadre of courts in Nigeria and has prosecuted over 400 cases at the High Courts, over 70 at the Court of Appeal and over 20 at the Supreme Court.  He is also a guru in land matters, recoveries, matrimonial causes, criminal cases and so on.

He did his master’s program in Bayero University, Kano, and bagged his Master’s degree in Business and Commercual Law (MBCL) in 2010.

He is a farmer, lover of sports and engages in political activities in his local government area and the state.

He is a philanthropist and has helped so many especially in his profession where he handled so many pro bono matters for indigent clients.

As an open-minded person, he loves people, without minding who they are, or where they come from.

He is well known for honesty and maintains a very good sense of responsibility.

Interestingly, he applied for the prestigious rank of SAN for the first time this year and was conferred with same.


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