Dahiru Musdapher

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Dahiru Musdapher

13th Chief Justice of Nigeria
In office
29 August 2011 – 16 July 2012
Preceded byAloysius Iyorgyer Katsina-Alu
Succeeded byAloma Mariam Mukhtar
Personal details
Born(1942-07-15)15 July 1942
Babura Town, Barbura, Jigawa State, Nigeria
Died22 January 2018(2018-01-22) (aged 75)
Spouse(s)Hajiya Sabuwa (Fatima Suleiman)[citation needed]

Dahiru Musdapher (15 July 1942 – 22 January 2018)[1] was a Nigerian jurist. In 2011, he was appointed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He served as Chief Judge of the Kano State Judiciary from 1979 to 1985, and as a member of the Court of Appeal from 1985 until 2003. He was the acting Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

He was born a member of the Bani Ya'muusa clan in Babura Town in Babura, a local government area in the north of Jigawa State.[citation needed]


Employment records[edit]

  • Private legal practice, 1968–1976
  • Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaduna State, 1976–1978
  • Judge High Court of Kano State, 1979
  • Chief Judge, Kano State Judiciary, 1979–1985
  • Justice, Court of Appeal, 1985–2003
  • Justice, Supreme Court of Nigeria, since 2003

Other employment[edit]

National honours[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Hajiya Amina Maikano in 1967, but the marriage ended in 1981.

He later married Hajiya Fatima Suleiman, more commonly referred to as Sabuwa, with three children, Khadijah, Kaloma and Suleiman.[citation needed] He has nine grandchildren, with Nabil being the oldest and Dahiru Jr (Muhammad) the youngest.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • "Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher". scn.gov.ng. Supreme Court of Nigeria. Retrieved 17 October 2007.