Hon. Martins U. Okoi – Director (Legal)

LL.B. (Hons. Unilag) BL. (Nig. Law School) Ph.D
FMR. High Court Justice of the Republic of the Gambia. Now LEGAL ADVISER, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, ABUJA. Hon. Martins U. Okoi is an indigene of Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area in Cross River State, Nigeria.

He completed his law degree at the University of Lagos in 1984, and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1985. His first experience to law practice was in 1985 to 1986 when he did his Lagos State, Alausa. At the end of the service year, he went into private practice with Okoi Ikpi Itam and Co; and thereafter started his Chambers Martins Okoi & Co until 1993 when he joined the National Council Inter-Government Relations (NCR) of the Presidency of the Federal Government.

In 34 years of law practice, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and has also gone through the multifaceted cycle of the legal profession from being a state Counsel/Prosecutor and Civil Litigator to being a diplomat per excellence. As a Mediator, arbitrator and Conciliator of the Federal Government of Nigeria to civil crisis areas of Nigeria: Mediation Assignment to Zangon Kataff civil crisis and Ogoni crisis are examples of assignments handled. He also has served as Resource Person in the State Creation Committee under Sir Mbanefo in 1995. In 2004, he was absorbed into the main stream of the Federal Civil Services and duly deployed to Federal Ministry of Justice as Chief State Counsel. In 2008, he proceeded on a foreign service to represent Nigeria in the legal sector of the Gambia, where he again served in various capacities as Director Civil Litigation and International Law Department until when he was appointed High Court Judge in 2014. He represented the Gambia in many respective capacities for example: the United Nations, the African Union- (Human Rights Commission), as well as the ECOWAS Regional Court where he defended the Gambia severally before his appointment as High Court Judge. He was away on Foreign Service for ten (10) years until he returned. He is a member of the Commonwealth Judges Association. He also holds a Ph.D. (Honoris Causa) in Philosophy and Christian Ministry.

After his returned to Nigeria in June 2018, he was appointed Acting Director, Law Reporting Department of the Federal Ministry of Justice. He has now been posted to Ministry of Defence as Legal Adviser with effect 10th June, 2019. He is married with three children.