Legal Luminary Profile: Prof. Emily Alemika, First Female Professor of Law in Kogi State


Professor Emily Alemika, the first woman from Kogi State to become a law professor was born in 1957 in Odo-Ape in Bunu Community of Kogi State to Taiwo and Reuben Alemeru. She was a victim of child labour and by the age of 13, she had lived with about 12 different employers, across 33 villages in Bunu territory. As a result, she enrolled late into, starting primary school at almost 15 years. She attended Saint Bartholomew’s Primary School, in Odo-Ape and Bishop Smith Memorial College of Ilorin before proceeding to Teacher’s Training College in Kwara State. She then obtained a diploma in law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and studied Information Sciences at the University of Ibadan. She obtained her LLB from the University of Jos and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. She had her PhD at the University of Jos and became a Professor of Law.

She started her early career with P&T in Lagos where she worked briefly and worked for one year at the Investigative division of the Nigeria Police Force upon her return from the United States. She also worked at the University of Jos law library before finally becoming a law lecturer of the Institution.  She is presently the Head of Department of Public Law and the Editor of Public Law and Constitutional Practice (a Departmental Journal) of the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law-University of Jos.

Prof. Alemika’s  research areas include, Human rights- child’s rights, juvenile justice, rights of women, Criminal justice ( police courts and prisons system), Legal research and dispensation of justice. Her publications includes;  “Intelligence Gathering and Community Policing as Panacea for Crime Control Mechanisms and Security Measures in Society: The Nigeria Nation in Perspective”; Humanity Jos Journal of General Studies Jos; Legal Framework for Juvenile Justice in Africa: A Critical Analysis from the Nigerian Perspective”;

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“Comparative Analysis of juvenile justice in Afirica with focus on Nigeria”; Corruption and Good Governance in Nigeria” and many others.

She is passionate about human rights and encourages and mentors many. She works on issues that affect vulnerable populations, women and children.

Professor Alemika is married to Professor Etanibi Alemika also of the University of Jos.

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