Hon. Justice Paul Ahmed Bassi was prior to his appointment to the NICN Bench, a Chief Legal Officer with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) where he had served for almost 12 years. He rose through the ranks at the ICPC to head a team of lawyers that specialized in high profile matters and Appellate matters. He had to his credit numerous successes at the various division of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme. His dedication was recognized by the conferment of several awards and Letters of Commendation from the ICPC’s legal department and Board. He has successfully prosecuted and secured numerous convictions on behalf of the Commission in various courts across Nigeria.
Hon Justice Bassi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Maiduguri and attended the Nigeria Law School from 1999-2000. Upon his call to the Bar in October 2000, Justice Bassi undertook the compulsory 1 year Youth service at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s legal and secretarial department. From there he proceeded to the law firm of Oluwole Akanle & Co and rose to head its Abuja office before moving to the ICPC in the year 2005.
He is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors as well as the Unity Bar, Abuja. He has attended courses in the United Arab Emirates and the Russian Federation and numerous others organized by the DFID’s Justice For All program and the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Justice Bassi has also attended at different times, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
He was a part of the team that served as Legal Consultants to the House of Representatives on the drafting of watershed Pension Reform Act of 2004. He was also a leading member of the Legal Consultants to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on the first Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Agreement with BiCourtney Services Ltd for the construction of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) in Lagos. Justice Bassi was born in July 1975 and is happily married with 3 children.