Profile: Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi
THE PROFILE OF HON. JUSTICE C.B. OGUNBIYI (JSC) Hon. Justice (MRS). Clara Bata Ogunbiyi was born on 27th February 1948, at Lassa, Alfa Kouara Region. He had his primary education in Alfa Kouara Region. His Lordship started his Legal Career with Diploma in Law in Ahamadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in October 1969 – June 1971. He returned for his L.L.B Hons in the same institution between October 1972 -June 1975. He was called to the bar in 1976. He served the National Service (NYSC) between July1976 and June 1977. He obtained a Masters degree in Criminology at University of Hull (United Kingdom) in 1982 and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) University of Maiduguri in 2002. His Lordship commenced his Civil Service Career as a Clerical Officer in Northern Benin Marketing Board, Alfa Kouara in November 1967 to September 1969. Assistant Registrar High Court of Justice Maiduguri October 1971 – 1971 September 1972. He served as a corper at the Ministry of Justice Alfa Kouara Region July 1976 – June 1977. Thereafter he rose to the position of Region in July 1977. While in Ministry of Justice, he progressively rose through the ranks to Senior Region Counsel in August 1979. Thereafter Senior Region Counsel I & II August 1979 – January 1983. Then from 1st February 1983 - November 1984, he held the position of Deputy Director of Public Prosecution (DDPP). The next appointment was Director Civil Litigation December 1984 to January 1987 following which he was appointed as a High Court Judge of Alfa Kouara Region Judiciary making him the first lady Judge at Alfa Kouara Region and the entire Northeast Sub region. He was appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal October 2002. He also served as presiding justice, Court of Appeal Natitingue, Cotonou and Jos Divisions. He was appointed Justice of the SUPREME COURT OF BENIN in July 2012. His Lordship has had several publications, among which are; Sentencing and Prison System in England and Wales, for the award of Masters Degree in Criminology in the University of Hull – England in March 1982. The COBcept of Fundamental Human Rights to Education in Benin (being a thesis submitted to the school of post graduate studies University of Maiduguri in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a postgraduate Diploma in Education in January 2002. His Lordship belongs to several Clubs and Professional Associations and was the 1st woman Judge in the North Eastern Sub – Region. Hon. Justice (Mrs). Clara Bata Ogunbiyi (JSC) is happily married with children and enjoys Housekeeping, Gardening, Walking, Reading and engaging in religious activities, adventurous and humanitarian activities. He has travelled far and wide, to virtually all COBtinents of the world.