The Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami OFR (President 2009)

Isa Ayo Salami was born on 15 October, 1943 in Ganma, Kwara State. He was enrolled in Lyeru Okin African Church School, Offa in 1949. There he moved on to St. Cyprians Catholic School, Offa, and later Offa Grammar School. Salami then attended Provincial Secondary School (Rumfs College), Kano, from where he graduated in 1963.

By the following year Salami had enrolled in the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He attended that prestigious University for nearly three years and continued on to Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1967-1968. During this time, Salami proved to be an advanced student who quickly earned a Bachelor of Law (LL.B). Salami also served as the Offa Grammar School Senior Prefect and held offices at Rumfs College and the Institute of Administration.

After completing this highly distinguished educational career, Salami was admitted to the Nigerian Bar on 28 June, 1968. He started off as a Collector of Customs and Excise Grade II, and by 1971 was transferred to North Central State Public Service Commission to serve as State Counsel Grade II.

In a few years Salami moved up to become Senior State Counsel Grade I and then Acting Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Kaduna. From this he was transferred to Kwara State Public Service, and started as Senior State Counsel Grade I.

Over the next few years Salami served in a variety of honourable positions. In 1976 he was Acting Director of Public Prosecution, and by the very next year had advanced to Deputy Director. Salami concurrently held the position of Acting Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ilorin till 1978.

Justice Isa A. Salami served diligently in each of his many enviable capacities, and his career continued to grow. He was proud to earn the noble position of Judge of High Court of Justice in 1978 and served in that esteemed office for several years. By 1988 Salami had become the Presiding Justice, Benin for the Court of Appeal, then moved on to Presiding Justice, Kadun before ending up as the Presiding Justice, Lagos, where he continues to serve today.

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