Michael Ashikodi Agbamuche

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Michael Ashikodi Agbamuche
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Attorney General & Minister for Justice of Nigeria
In office
September, 1994 – 1997
Preceded by Olu Onagoruwa
Succeeded by Abdullahi Ibrahim
Personal details
Born August 16th, 1920
Akwukwu-Igbo
Died April 17th, 1998
Alma mater King's College London

Michael Ashikodi Agbamuche (August 16, 1920-April 17, 1998) was a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the Federal Republic of Nigeria from September 1994 to 1997, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN),[1] was elected in 1979 to the Federal House of Representatives[2] and the Nnaobodo of Akwukwu-Igbo.

Early life & Education[edit]

Michael Agbamuche was born on the 16th of August, 1920 in Akwukwu-Igbo where he attended St John's Anglican primary school. He worked as a clerical officer at the then government secretariat Kaduna until he passed his Senior Cambridge exams and proceeded to london for further studies. He enrolled in a one year introduction course at the Battersea Polytechnic Institute now the University of Surrey from 1950-1951[3] before proceeding to King's College London where he obtained a degree in Law. He was called to the English bar Middle Temple in 1957. He returned to Nigeria[4] and enrolled as a barrister and solicitor with the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1958.

Career, Appointments & Politics (Timeline)[edit]

In 1962, Michael Agbamuche was appointed coroner for Kano and Katsina provinces by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of England on the recommendation of the Premier of the Northern region & Sardauna of Sokoto Sir Ahmadu Bello. He remained in private legal practice in the northern city of Kano until 1966. In 1967, he was the Principal state councel, ministry of justice in the Midwestern region. He returned to private practice in Lagos in 1970. In 1976 he went into politics and was elected councillor for Oshimili local government. On the platform of the Nigerian People's Party (NPP) in 1979 he was elected and became a member of the House of Representatives.[5]

In 1984 he was made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)[6] by the Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee. In September 1994 he was appointed Attorney General & Minister for Justice for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a position he held until 1997. He died on the 17th of April 1998.

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