THE MAKING OF A HIGH CHIEF.

THE MAKING OF A HIGH CHIEF.

May 3, 2022 Uncategorized 0

Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik, SAN, the worthy son Auchi for whom these ceremonial comets of glitz and glamour blaze, is a product of humble background.

He was born on the 19th of November, 1970 in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria, where his late father worked as a staff of the University of Ibadan, to the family of Pa Okhore Musa Malik and Hajia Awushetu Musa Malik, both of blessed memories and, of course, themselves true born son and daughter of Auchi in the present day Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik is the fifth surviving child among his seven siblings.

He started off as a child of destiny upon whom the finger of fate entirely began to beckon early life when his late parents noticed a trait of infant prodigy in his childhood days in 1977 in the then famous Baptist Primary School, Inalende, Ibadan, where his stars began to shine forth among his peers to the admiration of his teachers. On completion of his primary education in 1982, he wasted no time in proceeding to Onireke High School, Links Reservation, Ibadan, for his secondary education. The hope of completing his early education in Ibadan, unknown to the young Malik, was not to be, as fate had already prepared another sojourn for him in Auchi, obviously to prepare him for a taste of the values of his own people too, in the trajectory of his academic sojourns. Thus, sequel to his father’s retirement from the service of the University of Ibadan, Young Malik saw himself continuing his secondary education in Akpekpe Secondary School, Auchi from where he graduated in 1988 with a West African School Certificate, and coming out with excellent grades tilting towards the arts and social sciences. This academic outcome helped to establish in the mind of the young Malik that his career abode was in the humanities. He, however, could not decipher with certainty which area of humanities he was cut out for. However, among the many careers attractions for him, journalism was the most recurring. Thus, upon completion of his Secondary School education, Malik, as he us fondly called, was desirous of joining his peers in Auchi Polytechnic, to read Mass Communication, with an eye for a career in journalism. However, the hand of fate playing in his life never permitted that ambition to see the light of day. While innocently bemoaning what he conceived as a frustration, a destiny helper saw his credentials and encouraged him to seek university education instead, and off he headed back to his land of birth in Ibadan where his elder sister worked in the University of Ibadan, in pursuance of his quest for the University education he had been counseled to obtain. Having still not realized the specific discipline in the humanities destiny had cut out for him, young Malik’s self-image of himself as an ordinary mortal who could decide what he wanted was again proved wrong when he took JAMB and applied to read Communication and Language Arts in the University of Ibadan. Fate again had to step in to steer him back to his destiny course by putting a stumbling block to his career ambition in journalism. Till now, he still could not explain why he was denied that admission, with all of his performances in the entrance examination and his WAEC qualification, to boot. Feeling really frustrated, but not one to let go, he sought admission for a diploma programme as a consolation, in the University of Ibadan, and ended up with an offer of Diploma in Library, Archival and Information Studies. It was while studying for this diploma programme that fate began to violently steer him towards his destiny course. Malik shone so brightly in this course of study that he emerged the best graduating student in the Department for the 1992/93 Session. Before his graduation, fate first led him to his Egyptian abode of journalism, his first love, when he was made the campus Pioneer Editor-In-Chief, LARISA Press, University of Ibadan,1991/1993, but that was not to be his promise land of milk and honey as there was yet a Canaan land beckoning on him.

At this time, the comets had started announcing him so loudly that the noise of his academic exploits got into the ears of his elder sister’s female friend who was a colleague of his sister in the employ of the University of Ibadan. One day, this female friend of Malik’s sister took a hard look at Malik and spoke the following words that became the destiny password for young Malik: “with what I have seen and heard of this your brother, only law fits him. Let him go and read law.” That singular remark set forth young Malik at dawn for a long, arduous walk to his Canaan land in the legal profession. He heeded the counsel of the divine helper that was his sister’s friend and applied to University of Ibadan to read law, banking heavily on the bouquet of his stellar achievements in his diploma programme. But, alas, the adversary against destiny again reared its ugly head, seeking to scuttle the shining destiny waiting in the wing for young Malik. Rather than LL.B he applied for, the University offered him a placement in the Department of Adult Education, instead! Fired by the zeal to become a graduate at all cost, young Malik accepted and enrolled for the degree programme in Adult Education of the University of Ibadan. It was while in his second year in the Department of Adult Education, that he succeeded in his application for a change of course, but not without a fierce struggle and raw grits, as his Head of Department had initially bluntly refused to sign him off. The reason, you may guess, was that Malik was already coasting home to becoming the best graduating student that the department was going to produce in the annal of the University. It was while in the Faculty of Law, that it finally dawned on young Malik that the reason why he had those frustrations along the way was not any different from the desert experience to Canaan land. After a protracted academic programme strewn with several ASUU strikes, truncated sessions due to students demonstrations, etc, Malik eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in flying colours and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in 2001 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002. Malik knew early enough what he wanted in law and thus decided to lay his foundation in Legal practice on a firm ground. He started as an extern in 2001in the law firm, Afe Babalola SAN & Co., Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State. Between May and September 2002, Malik was a Counsel with Garuba & Co., Auchi, Edo State. While there, he heeded to a higher call of destiny and moved to Messrs Wole Olanipekun & Co., Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State where he spent about 7 years dutifully and conscientiously learning the rope in legal practice, from October 2002 – August 2007. Malik rose to become the Deputy Head of Chambers, at Wole Olanipekun & Co., between 2004 and 2006 and Head of Chambers in the same firm from September, 2006 to August, 2007. His prodigious appetite for knowledge saw him in pursuit of higher certificates. Accordingly, he is a licentiate of International Criminal Justice and Administration as well as Public Prosecution in 2007 and 2005 respectively, of the Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies, Lagos. Consumed by the zeal for learning, Malik proceeded to obtain a Master degree in International relations of the University of Ilorin and went on to cap it in 2012 with another Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and came out in flying colours. Between 2002 and 2004, Malik served as Special Assistant to the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Fate again played another fast one on Malik to return him “home” in his trajectory for continuous quest for challenges when his path crossed with that of Michael Aondoakaa, SAN who had no hesitation in appointing Malik to work with him as his Special Assistant upon the former’s appointment by the late President Shuhu Musa Yar’Adua as the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Malik held sway, discharging the gunctions of his ofgice creditably well, from August 2007 to March, 2010. Within the same period, Malik also served as a Board Member/Legal Adviser of the Federal Inland Revenue Service [FIRS] and Joint Tax Noard respectively. Malik later returned to active private practice when in May 2010, he joined the firm of Alegeh & Co. where he has been the Managing Partner ever since. It was while at Alegeh & Co that Malik distinguished himself in the firm’s workload and degree of successes recorded therein, on account of which the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) found him worthy of elevation to the enviable rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik’s achievements are not limited to the academic and legal fielsds. Between 2007 to 2018, he acquitted himself creditably in both the public and corporate spheres. For example, at different times, he was: 1. Secretary, Coordinating Committee of the Murtala Mohammed Airport (2). 2. Secretary of the Committee which planned and organized the Nigerian Bar Association Conference on the Review of the Performance of election Petitions Tribunals in Nigeria, 15th – 16th March, 2012. 3. Secretary, NBA Abuja Disciplinary Committee, 2014 -2016 and Chairman, NBA Abuja Disciplinary Committee, 2016 -2018. 4. Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association Committee on Boards and Parastatals, 2014 -2015. 5. Member, Conference Planning Committee, NBA-AGC, 2015. 6. Member, Conference Planning Committee, NBA –AGC, 2016. 7. Member, National Executive Committee (NEC), Nigerian Bar Association, 2014 – Date. 8. Member, NBA Election Working Group which monitored the 2015 and 2019 Presidential, Governorship, National Assembly and FCT Area Council Elections. 9. Trustee, AlegehLaw Foundation since 2018; 10. AMCON-appointed Receiver/Manager since 2018 Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik has received many honours and recognitions in the course of his endeavours. Amongst them are: • Best Graduating Student, Department of Library, Archival & Information Studies, University of Ibadan – 1993. • Grand Member of Editoriae (GME), Kuti Hall Press, University of Ibadan, 1997. • 16th “President of the Moment”, Nigerian Junior Chambers, 1998. • Overall Best Participant Prize at the 5th Human Rights Training Seminar for Law Students (Organized by the Constitutional Rights Project (CPR), Kaduna, 1999. • Admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K) on 22 November, 2010. • Appointed a Notary Public of Nigeria by the Chief Justice of Nigeria on 13th December, 2011. • Admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria on 27th October, 2011. • Admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria on 17th November, 2011. • Admitted as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria on 26th November, 2016. • Appointed Receiver/Manager by AMCON for Foyeh Nigeria Limited since 1st March, 2018. Pro bono assignments In pursuit of his passion for excellence in the legal profession, Malik has done a numerous cases free of charge to beneficiaries most of which are indigent clients in several courts of record in Nigeria, particularly the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He was a Volunteer Judge of the Jessup International, for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition. In this connection, Malik was a Judge at: • The Kenyan National Round which held at the Kenyan School of Law, Nairobi, 4th February, 2012. • The Canadian National Round which was held at the Fairmount Hotel, Quebec, Montreal, Canada, 7th – 10th March, 2012. • The Jessup International final rounds, held at the Capital Hilton, Washington D.C., 25th – 31st March, 2012. Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik’ leadership experiences can also be attributed to the foundation he laid for himself while he served in the respective positions listed below while he was an undergraduate student. They include but are not limited to the following: • Pioneer Editor-In-Chief, LARISA Press, University of Ibadan,1991/1993 • Deputy Editor-In-Chief, NUESA Press, University of Ibadan, 1992/1993. • Financial Secretary, Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ) University of Ibadan, 1992/1993. • Parliamentarian, Departmental Representatives’ Council (DRC), Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, 1992/1993. • Chairman, Kuti Hall Literary and Debating Family, 1995/1996. • Chairman, “The Egret” Editorial Board, 1995/1996. • Defence & Propaganda Minister, Kuti Hall, University of Ibadan1995/1996. • President, National Association of Edo State Students (NAESS), University of Ibadan Chapter, I995/1996. • Director of Publicity, University of Ibadan Junior Chambers, (Jaycees), 1996/1997. • Director-General, Directorate of Information, Publicity and Mass Awareness (DIPMA), University of Ibadan Students’ Union Government, 1997/1998. • Chairman/Editor-In-Chief, “The Lord Justice” Journal, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, 1997/1998. • Chairman, Adult Committee, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, 1997/1998. • Chairman, Academic Integration Committee, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, 1998/1999. • President, Abadina Vanguard Movement (AVM), Ibadan Chapter, 1998/2000. • 2nd National Vice President, AVM Nigeria, 1998/2000. • Member, Students’ Representatives’ Council, Nigerian Law School, Abuja, 2001/2002. • Co-ordinator, Etsako West Students’ Association, Nigerian Law School, Abuja, 2001/2002. • Team Leader, Nigeria’s negotiation team to the Stockholm in respect of the huge indebtedness of a Danish Team to the FIRS and investigation of the involvement of named FIRS Staff. • Member, Auchi Allied Association, 2013 and Legal Adviser, Worldwide, 2018 to date. Malik has the ability to thrive under pressure. He is Charismatic and energetic, ability to meet set targets and objectives, a consummate goal-getter and ability to work independently or in a group. He is a lateral/creative thinker, a quick learner with initiative, drive and attention to details. He is a team player, excellent in verbal, writing and editing skills in English. To crown it all, he is an excellent communicator with great interpersonal skills. He has attended a number of conferences both national and international, amongst which are: • NBA Annual General Conference, Ibadan – August, 2002; Enugu – August, 2003. • International Bar Association (IBA) Regional Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, April 5-9, 2004. • NBA Annual General Conference, Abuja – August, 2004; Jos – August, 2005; Port – Harcourt, August, 2006; Ilorin, August, 2007; Abuja, August, 2008; Lagos, August, 2009; Kaduna, August, 2010; Calabar, August, 2013; Owerri, August, 2014; Abuja, August, 2015; Port Harcourt, August, 2016; Lagos, 2017; Abuja, 2018 and Lagos 2019, Lagos 2020 and Port Harcourt, 2021. • 14th Commonwealth Law Conference, Nairobi, Kenya – September, 2007. • Ecowas-ICRC Seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law Treaties in West Africa, Abuja, 3-4 October, 2007. • Regional Conference on Constitutional Democracy in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya – 18th-22nd August, 2008. • 15th Commonwealth Law Conference, Hong Kong,April 5th-10th, 2009. • Conference of Attorneys-General in Nigeria, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, May 21-24, 2009. • 6th Session/Meeting of Member States of the United Nations International Criminal Court (ICC), UN Headquarters, New York,U.S.A.– November 30 – December 14, 2007. • Meeting of Experts on the Merger of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10th – 13thMarch, 2008. • 18th Meeting of State Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS.),U.N. Headquarters, 13th – 20th June, 2008. • 9th Meeting of the United Nations Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea(UNICPOLOS), 25th – 27th June, 2008. Oman. • Member, Nigerian Delegation to the U.N General Assembly, January, 2009. New York. • Conference on Democracy and the Future of Nigeria, organized by the Nigerian Leadership Forum, London Metropole University, London, May 29, 2009. • 42nd Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Vienna, Austria, 29th June- 17th July, 2009. • International Conference on Transfer Pricing, Paris, France, May 2009. • UNIDROIT meeting, Rome, Italy, August, 2009. • 16th Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference, Hyderabad, India, 5 – 9 February, 2011. • Conference on the Review of the Performance of Election Petition Tribunals organized by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Benin City, Edo State, 15th – 16th March, 2012 • International Bar Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA – October, 2016. • International Bar Association Conference, Tokyo, Japan – October, 2014. • National workshop on Countdown to the 2015 Elections: Are Nigerians Ready? Abuja, Nigeria. Organized by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – 14th January, 2015. • International Conference on Electoral Jurisprudence in Africa organized by the Electoral Institute, INEC and Ford Foundation – Abuja, Nigeria- January, 19 – 20, 2015. Malik is a member of many professional and social cultural Associations amongst which are: the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Junior Chamber International (JCI), Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA), International Bar Association (IBA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K), Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Chattered Institute of Fraud Examiners, USA, Auchi Allied Association, etc. Malik’s outstanding contributions to community development have been recognized home and abroad. For this reason, he has been honoured and conferred with the following Chieftaincy titles: 1. Baamofin of Ijinmo, Osun State[October, 2019], 2. Aare Baamofin of Ikeji-Ile, Osun State [April 2022]; and 3. Baamofin of Ira Ikeji, Osun State [April, 2022] Malik was appointed a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2010 and became the first Auchi indigene to take the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] in September, 2019. His hobbies include but are not limited to travelling, writing, reading, scrabbling, listening to music and watching cobblers work. Aikhunegbe Anthony Malik is married to his dear and darling wife, Chief (Mrs) Abigail Malik, the Yeye Baamofin of Ijimuland and their union is blessed with four (4) lovely and adorable children.

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