Meet Safiya Badamasi; First Hausa/Fulani Muslim Woman SAN and Now Appointed High Court Judge


Mrs. Safiya Badamasi, Permanent Secretary of Katsina State Ministry of Justice, who became the first Hausa/Fulani Muslim woman and the first lawyer inn Katsina State to become Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN has been appointed a High Court Judge.

Mrs. Badamasi is one out of the two candidates recommended for appointment as High Court Judge by the NJC at its 91st Meeting, held in April, 2020.

Born on June 12, 1968 at Malumfashi town of Katsina State, the erudite lawyer rose through the rank to become the Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary of the Katsina State Ministry of Justice in November 2018.

She began her primary education at Aya Primary School, Funtua and obtained Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1980.

She then proceeded to FGCC Bakori, Katsina State between 1981 to 1985. In 1985 she commenced the study of law in the then Kaduna State College of Legal and Islamic Studies, now Hassan Usman Katsina State Polytechnic and obtained a Diploma in Law in 1987.

She attended Bayero University Kano between 1991 and 1995, where she obtained LL.B (Hons). She proceeded to Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1998.

Mrs Badamasi began her working career with Katsina Ministry of Commerce and Tourism briefly between 1989 and 1990 as Assistant Tourism Officer.

She later transferred her services to Katsina State Ministry of Justice where she rose from Litigation Officer to her current position of Permanent Secretary/Solicitor-General.

Before becoming the Solicitor-General, she was Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Katsina State between 2007 and 2018.

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She has to her credit four Supreme Court judgments as well as may Court of Appeal and High Court judgments.


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