Yakubu Maikyau, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has emerged winner of the Nigerian Bar Association presidential election.
According to the Electoral Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (ECNBA), only 59,392 lawyers – the highest ever – were accredited to vote in the election.
Maikyau polled a total of 22,342 to Joe Gazama, senior advocate of Nigeria who polled 10,842 votes, and Jonathan Taidi, 1,373 vote.
Maikyau was born on February 6, 1965 in Kebbi state. He obtained a bachelor of law (LLB) degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state in 1989, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. He was called to the Nigerian bar on December 12, 1990.
After completing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme in 1991, the senior advocate went into private law practice and joined the law firm of Messrs Danladi Bamaiyi and Company in Sokoto, where he spent about 12 years and rose to become the head of chambers.
In 2003, he founded his law firm – Y. C. Maikyau & Co. – with offices in the FCT, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
He attended the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, between 2013 and 2014 where he obtained a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, and was subsequently admitted as a fellow of the Institute (FCIArb) in September 2014.
In November 2021, he was admitted as a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (FICMC).