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Hon. Justice Istifanus Gandu, JCCA, was born on the 1st day of April, 1964 at Kurmin Masara, Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

He started his formal education at LEA Primary School Zaman Dabo (st.Thomas) 1972/ 1973 to 1977. He attended Government Secondary School Kafanchan 1977 to 1982. He worked briefly with Kaduna Refinery and Petro-chemicals (KRPC) 1983-1985.

He attended College of Advance Studies Zaria, 1985-1987. He was admitted and studied Civil Law (LLB) at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, 1987-1990. He attended Nigerian Law School Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 10th day of December 1991.

He did his compulsory N.Y.S.C in 1992 -1993 as a legal officer with Borno state Housing Corporation.

Hon. Justice Istifanus Gandu went into private legal practice immediately after completing the National Youth Service with the following law firms:

      Counsel – AHMED IGOCHE & CO, Maiduguri, Borno State, 1993.

      Head of Chambers at MIKE EDEGWARE & CO, Kaduna, Kaduna State, 1993-1996

      Partner, SIMON YAKUBU ARABO & CO, Kaduna, Kaduna State, 1996-2000.

      Principal Partner, ISTIFANUS GANDU & CO, Kaduna, Kaduna State, 2000-2002.

Justice Istifanus Gandu was appointed a Customary Court Judge in 2002 and rose to the rank of an Upper Customary Court Judge with the Kaduna State Judiciary. In 2009 he was appointed a Judge of Customary Court of Appeal F.C.T, Abuja.

As a Judge, he served as a member, Area Councils Election Appeal Tribunal 2013. He also attended numerous Local and Internal Conferences and Workshops.

He is a Fellow Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.  

He is married with a wife and children.