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National Commissioners

AIR VICE MARSHAL MU’AZU was born on 6th September, 1957 at Gombe, Gombe State. He had his early education in Gombe, Kaduna and Maiduguri between 1964 -1975.

He joined the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as a Potential Pilot in June 1976 and was commissioned Pilot Officer into Air Traffic Control (ATC) Specialty in 1979. He rose steadily and progressively to the lofty professional rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM) in 2007. He voluntarily retired from NAF in 2013.

AVM Mu’azu (Rtd) is a fully qualified ATC (Approach Radar Control) officer, holding both Civil and Military Licenses with ratings in Aerodrome, Approach Control and Approach Radar Control Positions. He was deployed to purely Ai Traffic Control duties for 12 years (1979 -1991) at Murtala Mohammed International Airport and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION

  • Military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy from June – December 1979.
  • Junior Command and staff course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji – 1988, graduating with a B grade and an award.
  • Senior Command and staff course at Ghana Armed Forces Staff College (GAFSC) Teshie, Accra 1991 – 1992, finishing well above average with a srong recommendation for appointment as Directing Staff.
  • Attended  National War College (NEC) Course 12 at the then National War College (NWC) now National Defence College (NDC), Abuja from 2003 – 2004. Graduated again, with a strong recommendation to return to the College as a Directing Staff.

HIGHEST ACADEMIC EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

  • Msc Strategic Studies – University of Ibadan 2004 -2005.

NOTABLE POSTINGS AND APPOINTMENTS

He served various Command and Staff appointments within the NAF and in Tri-service establishments. Notable among these appointments are:-

  • Directing Staff (Dept of Air Warfare) –AFCSC Jaji 1992 – 1995
  • Military Airport Commandant, Kano – 1996 – 1998
  • Coordinating with other agencies and ensuring National and Aviation security at the Airport.
  • Military Assistant to Chief of Defence Staff 1998  -1999
  • Chief Instructor – AFCSC Jaji 2000 -2003
  • Commander NAF Base Makurdi 2004 -2006
  • Commander NAF Base Kaduna 2006 -2007
  • Director Recruitment HQ NAF 2007
  • Director Production (Defence Headquarters) 2007 -2008
  • Air Officer Inspection (in charge of Standards Evaluation and Safety) – HQ NAF 2008 – 2010.
  • Commandant AFCSC, Jaji 2010 – 2012

ADHOC NATIONAL ASSIGNMENT

  • Member, Special Military Tribunal, Jos. 1997

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • Officer of Order of the Niger, OON
  • Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
  • Passed Staff Course Dagger (psc(+)).
  • Fellow of the War College (fwc)

MARITAL STATUS

Married with children and grandchildren

HOBBIES

  • Poultry Farming and Long-range Driving

 

Mohammed Haruna was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, on September 22, 1951. He had his primary school education at Tudun Wada Junior Primary School, Kano (1957 to 1960) and Kuka Primary School, Kano (1961 to 1964). He attended Government College, Bida, his home town, between 1965 and 1969, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1971 and 1975, Glasgow College of Technology, Scotland, in 1979/1980, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983/1984 and Harvard Advanced Management Programme in 1995.

He worked in New Nigerian Newspapers Company Ltd. between 1976 and 1989 where he rose from a cub reporter to managing director. He was co-founder and chief executive of the rested Citizen news magazine between 1990 and 1994.

He served in the military administration of General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar as his chief press secretary between October 1998 and May 1999. He taught in the Mass Communications Department of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as a Senior Lecturer between 2008 and 2014.

Haruna was a political columnist between 1978 and 2016 in several publications including New Nigerian, Today, Trust, Nation, Gamji.com and Newsdiaryonline.

In recent years he has delivered papers on Politics, Journalism and Mass Communication as a resource person at seminars, lectures and workshops organised by universities and institutions like the Nigerian Press Council, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Haruna is a Fellow of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors and African Center for Democratic Governance.

Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu is a National Electoral Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s election management body. Prior to his appointment to the Commission in 2016, he was Professor of Political Science and concurrently Research Professor in Development Studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He began his academic career at the University of Nigeria in 1983 and rose to the rank of professor in 2000.

He was at various times the Dean of Social Sciences, Director of the Institute for Development Studies and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the University. Professor Ibeanu was also the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Innovations in Development (IID), an independent think-tank of scholars and activists based in Enugu. From 2004 to 2010, Professor Ibeanu was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of toxic wastes on the enjoyment of human rights. As Special Rapporteur, he led the successful review and expansion of the toxic waste mandate of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to cover all forms of movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes, whether illicit or licit. He conducted investigative country missions to several countries including India, The Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania and produced over twenty reports for the United Nations Human Rights Council. Professor Ibeanu was also a member of Coordinating Committee of Special Procedures of the Council.

In the course of an academic career spanning over thirty years, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu has been a Fellow of the United Nations University, a visiting scholar at the Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, as well as visiting professor in the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London. He has been a doctoral external examiner at King’s College London and mentored several Fellows at the Africa Leadership Centre run by King’s College and the University of Nairobi. He has served in several governing boards, academic councils and scientific committees, in Nigeria and internationally, including the Governing Board of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (Lagos, Nigeria), International Governing Council of the Centre for Democracy and Development (Abuja, Nigeria), Governing Board of Stakeholder Democracy Network (London, UK) and the Scientific Committee of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project, a project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (Bonn, Germany).

In 2010, Professor Ibeanu was appointed as the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In that capacity, he was an important member of the team that designed innovations that transformed the conduct of elections in Nigeria between 2010 and 2015. He led the design of a new election security framework for the Commission and production of the first comprehensive election plan for the Commission on which the 2015 general elections were conducted. His commitment to establishing INEC as a knowledge-driven and globally respected EMB led to several institution building activities at the Commission, including the production of a strategic plan, a communication policy, a gender policy, as well as creating a new mechanism for Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) voting. As Chief Technical Adviser, Professor Ibeanu raised substantial funds for the Commission from development partners to support innovative work at INEC, including training in Basic Security in Election Duties, a web-based security-training module for election workers, Election Management System, Election Risk Management Tool, Election Violence Mitigation Tool, as well as the establishment of a Virtual Library at the Electoral Institute of the Commission.

In the past thirty-three years, Professor Ibeanu has taught and conducted research on elections, development, human rights, environment, population displacement, conflict and security at the university level. He has over 100 widely cited publications to his credit.

May Agbamuche-Mbu is a seasoned legal practitioner with over three decades of experience working with diverse clients in both the Public and Private sector. May hails from Delta State though she was born in Kano where she attended St. Louis Secondary School, later graduating from the University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1984 with an LLB in Law.

After her call to the Bar in 1985, she attended the College of Law, London and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. May has an LLM with specialisation in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, London and completed two postgraduate degree programs in International Dispute Resolution and International Business Law respectively.

May is also an expert in Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom Nigeria branch where she has served as Secretary to the Institute.

Between March 2010 and November 2011 May served on the Presidential Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC) as the sole solicitor, evaluating an extensive nationwide portfolio of major unfinished public projects in Nigeria and in March 2016, May was further appointed a member of the Ministerial Committee set up to prepare ‘The Road Map for the Solid Minerals Sector’.

Before her appointment as a National Commissioner for INEC, May was the managing partner of her law firm in Lagos, Norfolk Partners and also the editor of THISDAY LAWYER, a weekly legal pullout in one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers. From January 2014 to September 2016, May published 120 legal editorials under her column LEGAL EAGLE. Her consistent exposure to public affairs/related projects put her in a unique position to build a reputable body of commentary and expert opinion in many specialised areas. Her work remains a source of public advocacy on many national and international issues.

Dr. Adekunle Ladipo Ogunmola was born on the 7th of May, 1952 in Oyo, Oyo State.Had his Secondary Education at olivet Baptist High School, Oyo from 1964 to 1969. He was briefly at Government College Ibadan between January and April 1970; from where he gained admission into the University of Ibadan through a concessional examination and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science with 2nd Class Upper in 1974.

Had his National Youth Service Corps program (NYSC) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Veterinary Service) Yola, where he served as Animal Husbandry Officer from August 1974 to June 1975. In August 1975 he joined Oyo State Central Schools Board, Ibadan and served as Agricultural Science Teacher till October 1976. He was employed as Agricultural Officer II by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oyo from October 1976 to November 1977.

In November 1977, he returned to the University of Ibadan for his Doctoral Degree in Animal Science with specialization in Environmental Physiology; which he bagged in December 1981.

He was employed by then Oyo State College of Education (now Emmanuel Alayande College of Education) as Lecturer II in 1982. He rose through the ranks to become a        Chief Lecturer in 1993. Between January and June 2000, he was the Deputy Provost/Acting Provost of the Institution. He was thereafter appointed the Substantive Provost of the Institution in June 2000; the position he occupied till June 2008.

In the course of his Lecturing Career, Dr. Ogunmola returned to the Premier University to obtain a Master of Education Degree in Educational Management in 1991. He also obtained a Diploma in Accounting/Management Information System from the Federal School of Surveying, Oyo in 1999.

Dr. Ogunmola took up Federal appointment as INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) from July 2010 to July 2015. He was appointed as INEC National Electoral Commissioner in December 2016; the position he occupies till date.

As a Lecturer and Researcher; he has authored, co-authored many books and publications. He has also delivered papers at different Workshop and Seminars both within and outside the Country. He was a member of a Federal Government Delegation on a Study Tour of United Kingdom (UK) in 2004 and he led INEC Election Observation Team to Argentina in October 2011.

He enjoys membership of some professional bodies, which include Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN), National Association of Agricultural Educators in Nigerian Colleges of Education (NAAENCE), National Association of Technology Teachers (NATT) and National Society of Animal Production (NSAP).

Dr. Ogunmola is a recipient of many honours, laurels and awards, which include National Award for Brilliant Performance (Full Scholarship for Academic Distinction) in 1972, Pfizer Lifestock Feeds Prize for the Best Student in Animal Science in the B.Sc. (Agric.) Degree Final Examination in 1974.

He is a Fellow of the National Association of Technology Teachers (FNATT). The Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCCOE) awarded him Best Provost among Provosts of Colleges of Education in Nigeria in 2003. Got Recognition Award from Oyo State Government in 2004. He was conferred an Award of Excellence in Recognition of Noble Contribution to Education in Oyo State by Oyo State Ministry of Education. Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo Central Library was named after him as “Adekunle Ogunmola Library” in 2009. He is a Justice of Peace.

He has peculiar interest in Farming, Reading, Sports and Recreation. He is a member of the Rotary Club; Oyo Metropolis, Oyo Premier Club, The Oyo Pinnacle Club (TOPIC),         Oyo Tenis Club and Ibadan Social Group (ISG). He is an enthusiast in Christian Evangelism. Happily married with children.

Festus Okoye Esq. is a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Jos (1984) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. Between 1993 and 1994 he undertook a Graduate Program in International Human Rights Law at the University of Minnesota as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow (HHF).

He served as General Secretary of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) from 1982-1983, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Kaduna Branch in 1997 and was elected as the National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association in 1997. In 2006, he attended a course on Democracy and Elections: Challenges for the 21st Century (June 5-June 15, 2006) at the American University Centre for Democracy and Election Management.

Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. Okoye served as the Chair of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of Nigerian civil society groups instrumental to ensuring credible elections. He also served as Executive Director of Human Rights Monitor (HRM) and the National Coordinator of the Independent Election Monitoring Group (IEMG) between 2006 and 2018.

He served as the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association Human Rights Institute in 2011 and as its Alternate Chairman in 2013. He also served as Alternate Chairman, NBA Election Working Group and as the Chair of the NBA Election Working Group and a Consultant to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) between 2016 and 2018.

He was a member of the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) in 2007 and served as a Civil Society Delegate to the 2014 National Conference. He also served in the INEC Committee on the Review of Judgments on Election Petition Cases (2013) and on the Committee on Management of Election Petitions (2015).  Okoye also served in the General Abisoye Civil Disturbances Jos Panel (2008).In 1992 he received the Human Rights Watch Award in the United States for courageous work in researching, monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Nigeria.

 In 2009 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) Nigeria; and award for mentoring young leaders from Coalitions for Change (C4C) and the Excellence award from the Nigerian Bar Association in 2004.

Presently he serves as a Human Rights Ambassador of the National Human Rights Commission.

He maintained a weekly column known as “Hard Choices” in the New Telegraph Newspaper in Nigeria and contributes opinion articles to Nigerian newspapers and magazines up to 2018.

He specializes in Justice Sector Reforms; Constitutional and Electoral Matters; Public Interest Law; Conflict, Violence and Security.

He was appointed a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in July 2018 and is currently the Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee. He supervises Anambra, Benue and Enugu State.

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