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Professional background

Hannatu holds a degree in law from the University of Buckingham, UK and took a Postgraduate Masters Degree in the Legal Aspects of Marine Affairs from the University of Cardiff, Wales. She also has an additional Masters Degree in Oil and Gas from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. As a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a qualified Solicitor in the Supreme Court of England and Wales, UK, she has had a varied and rich working experience both in Nigeria and in the UK. She is completing a Doctorate, which she has been doing part time.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and took the New York Bar. She has worked as a Litigation lawyer and legal advisor to a number of private Companies and the Federal Government of Nigeria. As a junior lawyer, she was attached and worked with the law firm of the Late, Great Chief Clement Akpamgbo (former Attorney General of the Federation) and she also worked briefly with Barrister Bala Na Allah during the Oputa Panel; Human Rights Violation Commission. She consequently went ahead to form the firm of Hanney Musawa & Associates, where she is presently the Principal Partner. From 2003, she has been an active political activist. She fully participated in the political activities of the opposition during the 2003 and 2007 Nigerian elections.

She was also one of the lawyers on the prosecutions leading team in the 2003 Presidential Election Petition between General Muhammadu Buhari and General Olusegun Obasanjo. In the aftermath of the decision of that election petition, she continued to express and voice her views through the medium of print media by maintaining several weekly newspaper columns.

They are forums she uses to speak out, without fear or favour, on behalf of Nigerians who have no voice, women and children who are denied their rights and on issues that border on the premise of peace and justice. She has been a human rights and Women’s rights activist for several years. In 2011, Hannatu Musawa contested for the Federal House of Representatives legislative seat in her home state of Katsina in Nigeria.

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