D. D. DODO, SAN, OFR, FNIALS, FCArb – Principal Counsel

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria with over 30 years of law practice experience, Mr. Dodo has practiced at the summit of the profession since 2001, when he was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Mr. Dodo is regularly engaged as Lead Counsel in high profile litigations, arbitrations and legal consultancies arising from constitutional and commercial law, election matters, oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, investments, corporate and securities law, among others.

He has advised on commercial and corporate transactions as well as regulatory measures relating to gas sale and transportation, energy infrastructure, electricity regulations compliance, finance and investments, telecommunications services, real estate, privatization, among others. He has also accepted appointments as Sole or Co-Arbitrator in many high profile Arbitrations.
His expertise and vast experience has also been recognized by his the conferment with the distinguished Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He is also regularly invited to serve on the Board of Directors of Companies and Public Institutions in Nigeria. He is currently an independent non-executive director of SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc, which is listed both on the Nigerian and the London Stock Exchange. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nigerian Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and as Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). He currently serves as a member of the Taraba State Judicial Service Commission.

Selected Key Experiences

  • Lead Counsel for a foremost indigenous petroleum exploration and development company in a dispute arising from the acquisition of strategic oil wells following a divestment program by an international oil company.
  • Acted as Lead Consultant for the drafting of Enforcement Regulations and Enforcement Guidelines for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
  • Acted as Legal Consultant on the negotiation and legal documentation of gas aggregation, standards and price, gas purchase, supply and transportation, gas payment securitization by World Bank partial risk guarantees, and commercial framework for the implementation of the gas master plan. 
  • Advised an investor in connection with its prospective investment in the Nigerian electricity sector. 
  • Acted as Counsel to the President, Senate President, Governors and Members of the National Assembly in series of election petitions in Nigeria. 
  • Counsel in several matters in connection with the constitutional law  and the public revenue. 

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – LL.B (Hons), 1985
Nigerian Law School, – BL, 1986

Bar Admission
Called to the Nigerian Bar, 1986

Honours and Membership of Professional Associations
Officer of the Order Federal Republic (OFR)
Member, Body of Benchers, Nigeria
Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (FNIALS)
Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (FCArb)
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (ACIArb).
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Member, International Bar Association
Member, Capital Markets Solicitors Association
Member, Institute of Directors (IoD)