Michael Kaase Aondoakaa

Michael K. Aondoaka. Photo: Punch

Michael Kaase Aondoakaa; Attorney General and the most controversial in President Umaru Yar’Adua’s government. Aondoakka was part of the subcommittee that produced a white paper which upturned the Justice Uwais electoral reform recommendations[i].



Aondoakaa’s father was a polygamous district head of several children with his mother the most senior among the wives.  He enjoyed a community-based childhood, because his family’s compound was a very large one and he had a happy school life.


Places of Growth

Aondoakka was born in Lessel in the present day Ushongo local government area of Benue State.  His grandfather, a man of noble status hosted people periodically to festivals. Food were shared communally. For his secondary school, he went to Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi, a good school at the time.



Aondoakaa had gone to the University of Maiduguri to read political science but he took the advice of a stranger who asked him to change the entry on his form to law. Thus he was offered admission to read law.


President Yar’ Adua appointed Aondoakaa even while he was a counsel to Atiku Abubakar, who was an opponent in the election that brought him to office.


[i] Newswatch April 6, 2009

Tope Apoola
Profession: Writer