Chief Register David

PortHarcourt



Biography

David was born to the Ihua-Maduenyi family of Ahoada Town in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He attended the Government Primary School, Ahoada Town. His secondary school was at the Igbuduya Community Secondary School, Okogbe, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State. He graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile –Ife, Osun State, where he obtained the Bachelors of Law degree with honours.

And he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999. He did his National Youth Service programme in Oyo State, with the legendary Law Firm of Chief Bandele Aiku SAN & Co., and later with the premier University of Ibadan, where he distinguished himself exceptionally, and was immediately offered employment as a Legal Officer of the University.

At the University he served in various Committees, including the Secretary of the Joint Council-Senate Committee for the Review of the 1963 University Act, and the Committee on the Public Private Partnership for Hostel Development, and made novel and unprecedented contributions, which made the University Governing Council to obtain the FIAT of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, empowering him to defend and prosecute cases for and on behalf of the University of Ibadan (the first of its kind for tertiary institutions in Nigeria). In 2005, he was employed as a State Counsel with the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, and he rose to the position of Principal State Counsel. In 2009 he was appointed as Senior Magistrate Grade 11 with the Rivers State Magistracy. He rose to Senior Magistrate Grade 1, then Chief Magistrate Grade 11, and now a Chief Magistrate Grade 1.

He had served as the Chairman of the Rivers State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal; Vice Chairman of the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), Rivers State Branch; Member, Rivers State Plea Bargain/Sentencing Committee; and He is a Member of the Editorial Board Faculty of Law University of Port Harcourt;

At the Bar, he was a very active member of the Bar and became the acting Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ahoada Branch. While at the Ministry of Justice he was involved in the prosecution and defence of high profile cases. And he won several awards of excellence, for diligent performance of duties.

At the Magistracy he has served in several magisterial districts, and known to undertake cases “Returned back” by others. He has written several scholarly articles on very topical and novel issues of law. Several of which are already published online. They include- UNDERSTANDING THE NON-CUSTODIAL SENTENCING PROVISIONS IN NIGERIAN LAW;

THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW: THE ROLE OF THE MAGISTRATES; LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL AUTONOMY: MATTERS ARISING; AWAITING TRIAL PERSONS AND THE LAW IN NIGERIA; CRIME, CRIMINALS AND THE LAW IN NIGERIA.

He is currently the Acting Chief Registrar of the High Court of Rivers State.

He is married and blessed with children

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