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Prof. Mohammed Bello Uthman


(Professor in the Dept. of Islamic law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria) A native of Zaria, Kaduna State of Nigeria, and born in 1966 to educationists, Mohammed Bello Uthman went to Paxton (Infants) School, Crystal Palace, London, Barewa College, Zaria, and Government College, Kaduna for his early studies.

He obtained an LL.B (with specialization in Islamic Law), LL.M and Ph.D in Islamic Criminal Justice and Legal Theory from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. He has been teaching and researching in the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria since 1991 after he was encouraged by his teachers to join the Academia in 1991 where he rose from the rank of Assistant Lecturer to Professor in the year 2011. Mohammed Bello Uthman has participated actively in academic and administrative work. He has published widely in several journals and has attended and made presentations at many conferences and training programmes around the world. He has been involved in research work at various levels, the most prominent being his contributions to the development of the prototype Shari’ah Penal, and Criminal Procedure, Codes between 2000 and 2002, adopted by at least 12 states of the Federation.

He has held several responsibilities including Examinations Officer (1993-1997), Assistant Dean (Undergraduate), Assistant Dean (Postgraduate) Head, Department of Islamic Law and Duputy Dean of Law (2008-2010), Deputy Dean, Postgraduate School (2008), Deputy Director, Institute of Administration (2008-2012), Director, Institute of Administration (2012-2016) Member, Ahmadu Bello University Governing Board (2014-date). He has also served on several statutory and ad-hoc committees at state and national level. He was appointed Member, Advisory Committee of Experts by Jaiz Takaful Insurance in 2015 and has continued to serve in that capacity till date.He is married with many children.