Management & Editorial Team

Mannir Dan Ali

Chief Executive Officer

A media veteran, Mannir Dan Ali obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1986 from Bayero University, Kano. He returned to the same University for graduate studies and completed an M.A degree in English Literature in 1990.

He had his first experience in the media with the defunct Citizen Magazine in Lagos, first as special project staff, and later as a reporter between 1992 and 1993. He also worked on freelance basis with the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1994. Between August 1997 and February 2000, Mannir worked for the BBC World service at its Bush House headquarters in London before relocating back to Nigeria where he set up the Abuja Bureau of the African service.

He joined Media Trust Limited on 15th October 2007 as Editor-in-Chief and appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Editor-in-Chief on 1st January 2016.


Naziru Mikailu

Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief

Before joining Daily Trust, Naziru spent over a decade at the BBC World Service in senior management roles. He started his journalism career as an intern with the Triumph newspaper in his Kano hometown, northern Nigeria before moving to the country’s capital, Abuja, to work with the defunct Standard Voice newspaper.

Naziru joined the BBC World Service in 2009 as a multimedia broadcast journalist. Stationed in Nigeria and the UK, he covered global and regional news before becoming the BBC’s Nigeria Bureau Editor in 2016, leading the organisation’s teams in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana and Cameroon.

The Kano-born journalist was a recipient of the 2018 World Journalist Fellowship at New York University where he earned an MA in digital media and innovation. While studying in the US, he developed a working document on Augmented Reality news app for Voice of America Digital team. He also worked with American news site, Axios, to help segment their audience and develop some new products. Before joining NYU, he had obtained an MA in New Media at the University of Leicester and a BA in Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano.

He has attended several editorial, technical, senior management and leadership courses at the BBC’s Academy in the UK. He is a member of the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists in the United States and the National Institute of Public Relations in Nigeria.


Mamman, Nura Daura

Executive Director (Finance, Accounts and Investment)

A seasoned accountant, Nura graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria with a B.Sc. Accounting in 1996. He obtained Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the same institution in 2007. He started his professional career in 1997 at the New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC) as Officer, Treasury Services. He moved up the ladder at NNDC to the position of a Senior Manager, Group Internal Auditor, before leaving in April, 2010.

He joined the services of Media Trust Limited in May, 2010 as Asst. General Manager/Internal Audit Department and in October 2015 he was promoted to Head the Finance Department of the Company. He is saddled with formulating and ensuring adherence to company’s financial policies, as well as overseeing company’s budget, credit control, costing and profitability analysis. In January, 2019, he was appointed as the company’s Ag. Executive Director (Finance, Accounts and Investment) and the acting appointment was confirmed on 1st January 2020. He has attended several International and Local courses over the years.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).


Bala, Hadiza I. Acipm. CTC, mitd

General Manager, Human Resources and Management Services

Hadiza I. Bala is a human resources specialist with about 28 years cognate experience. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 1989. She obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 1993 and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in 2006 both from the same institution.

Her experience in Human Resource Management began in 1991 as a Personnel Officer in the Establishment, Pension & Training Directorate, Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano State, Nigeria.

In 1993, she joined the defunct Bank of the North as a personnel officer and was also an Industrial Relations Officer in the bank. She was part of several successful negotiations with unions and management of the defunct bank.

She served in Unity Bank as the Employee Relations Officer, Kano, Zonal Head, Human Capital Management Department (North West), Unit Head, Employee and Industrial Relations in the Head Office Abuja, a position she held until her resignation from the bank in October 2012.

She joined Jaiz Bank Plc in November, 2012 as Deputy Head, Human Capital Management Department and was promoted to Group Head, Human Capital Management Department in June, 2016. She was responsible for implementing the Human Resource Transformation in the Bank. One of her greatest achievements was setting up the Jaiz Bank Training Academy in Zaria. She resigned from Jaiz Bank as Group Head, Human Capital in February, 2019.

She joined the services of Media Trust Limited on March 25, 2019 as the General Manager, Human Resources and Management Services.

She is a member of several professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management where she holds a Human Resource Practitioner’s License (HRPL). She is a certified trainer and consultant (Centre for Management Development) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development. She has attended many courses on labour relations and Executive Management and Leadership programmes.


Shekarau, Ahmed I., anipr

General Manager, Business and Strategy

Ahmed I. Shekarau obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He has attended numerous professional courses in Journalism and Corporate Communications, and is a member of various professional bodies, including the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), where he was Vice President (North) from 2012 to 2014; the Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria (APCON); and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

He joined Weekly Trust, the flagship publication of Media Trust Limited, as a Freelance Reporter in 1999. He was at different times Group Business Editor, Daily Trust and Weekly Trust; Group Political Editor, Daily Trust and Weekly Trust. He reached the zenith of his career in journalism in 2005 when he was appointed pioneer Editor, Sunday Trust (now Daily Trust on Sunday).

Shekarau had stints in the corporate communications departments of Unity Bank Plc and defunct Oceanic Bank Plc and also Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

He re-joined the services of Media Trust Limited as the General Manager, Business and Strategy, where he oversees the Business Department, which is responsible for sourcing advertisements, promoting sales, commercial printing, events & conferences, brand marketing, as well as research. He also provides support to the CEO/Editor-in-Chief in developing and launching initiatives geared towards opening new marketing opportunities the company.


Garba Aliyu Abubakar

Deputy General Manager, IT

He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and an indigene of Gombe State. A graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and a holder of a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the same university, Mal. Garba Aliyu worked as a lecturer in the afore-mentioned university from 1995 to 1999 and with NITEL from 1999 till 2008 as a senior manager in charge of internet services at Kaduna point of presence before joining Media Trust Limited.

He has attended several IT trainings locally and abroad. He loves travelling as a hobby.


Muhammad, Kabiru Bala

Company Secretary/Legal Adviser

A legal practitioner with over 30 years post-bar experience, Kabiru Bala Muhammad, is a graduate of the University of Jos, Nigeria where he obtained LLB (Hons) in 1988 before proceeding to the Nigeria Law School in the same year and was called to the bar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1989. He started his career as a Legal Officer at the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in 1989 before joining the services of Baba Adi/D.D. Rimdan & Co. in Jos as an Associate Legal Practitioner in 1990. He joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 1993 as a Principal Legal Officer where he rose to become an Assistant Director in 2006.

He joined the services of Media Trust Limited in 2009 as the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser. Among other things, he provides legal advice, vets documents, monitor court cases, prepares minutes of meetings and performs other administrative duties for the company. He is the Secretary to the Board of Directors of the company.

He has attended several courses including Defamation and Libel in the Commonwealth and an Executive Management Training.


Mainasara, Abdullahi

Senior Manager, Audit

Abdullahi Mainasara graduated with an Upper Credit in Accounting in 2003 from Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, Nigeria. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 2007 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Mr. Mainasara also obtained a Masters of Treasury Management with Distinction from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria in 2016.

He started his career in 2005 as the Cash officer of the New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC). As a Deputy Manager from 2011 on posting to NNDC subsidiaries, he served as Head, Finance & Accounts at Aso Motel, Kaduna and Principal Accountant, Hamdala Hotels, Kaduna up till 2013.

He joined the services of Media Trust Limited in April, 2013 as Manager, Audit at the company’s Kano Regional Office. Between October, 2016 and February, 2018, he served as the company’s Copy Sales Manager, where he was responsible for the supervision of efficient distribution and sales of newspaper produced nationwide by the company. He became a Senior Manager, Audit, in February, 2018.

He is a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and also a member of Chartered Institute of Loan & Risk Management. He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria. Most recently, he attended an Executive Development Programme organized by TEXEM UK in October, 2019.


Abubakar, Nasiru L.

Managing Editor

Nasiru L. Abubakar studied Mass Communication at the Kaduna Polytechnic and Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.

He commenced his journalism career as a stringer with Weekly Trust, the flagship publication of Media Trust Limited, in 2000, before he was appointed as a permanent staff on Reporter cadre in 2004. He also worked as Deputy Editor and served in various capacities, including Acting Editor of the Weekly Trust (now Daily Trust on Saturday), Deputy Editor (Daily) and Deputy News Editor. He was appointed Editor of Daily Trust in November, 2014 and was named Editor of the Year by the Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) in 2016.

He became the Managing Editor of Daily Trust in September, 2019.

He is a member of several professional, including World Editors Forum (WEF) and the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE). He has attended various journalism training both within and outside Nigeria.


Idris, Hamza

Editor, Daily Trust

Hamza Idris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and a Master of Science in the same field from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

He joined the services of Media Trust Limited in September 2005 as a Reporter/Researcher, and served as a correspondent of the newspaper in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. In 2010, he became the North East Bureau Chief of the newspaper and operated from Daily Trust’s regional office in Maiduguri. In 2015, he was transferred to the headquarters in Abuja as Group Politics Editor, a position he held until his appointment as the Editor of the Daily Trust in September, 2019. He is also a member of the Daily Trust Editorial Board.

Among others, Idris is a Fellow of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ, 2013), Alumnus of Professional Fellows Programme (Washington D.C., 2013), and Member, Swiss Peace (Switzerland, 2015).


Adamu, Lawan Danjuma

Weekend Editor

Lawan Danjuma Adamu graduated with a Second Class (Upper Division) in Political Science from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria in 2002.

He worked in the Directorate of Army Public Relations between 1996-2004. He also had a stint in the National Review magazine as a Senior Staff Writer.

Adamu joined the services of Media Trust Limited in 2009 as a correspondent in Kano. And in 2011, he was posted to Zamfara State as state correspondent. He worked there until he was redeployed to Kano as Acting Regional Editor, to take charge of the Kano Chronicle title and oversee editorial matters in the North-West. In 2013, Adamu was appointed Acting Deputy Editor, Sunday Trust, and in 2016, he was appointed the Editor of Daily Trust on Sunday.

He was appointed Weekend Editor in September, 2019 to oversee the two weekend publications of the company (Daily Trust on Saturday and Daily Trust on Sunday).


Makera, Salihu

Acting Editor Aminiya

Salihu Ishaq Ibrahim, also known as Salihu Makera, was a teacher before he became a journalist.

Born August 20, 1968 in Makera village, Zaranda Ward, Toro LGA, Bauchi State, he started his education at a Qur’anic School in Bauchi town from 1975 to 78, before proceeding to the then Tudun Yaya Primary School (now Baba Sidi Pri. Sch.), Bauchi, from 1978 to 83. He also attended College of Islamic Studies Jos, Bauchi Campus, from 1989 -1991.

For his tertiary education, Makera was at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, where he obtained a Diploma in Hausa-Education between 1993 and 1996. He was also at the International Institute of Journalism, Kaduna Campus, from 2004 to 2005.

From 1993 to 1997, he was Class Teacher with Bauchi Local Government Education Authority. He was promoted to Headmaster II from 1997 to 1998, before he resigned voluntarily in November 1998.

He joined the Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo as Freelancer Writer 1989 and became a Stringer Correspondent in Bauchi for the same paper between 1997 and 2000.

He worked with the New Nigerian Newspaper Ltd, Kaduna, as a translator, reporter and special correspondent, from February 2000 to June 2006.

He was the founding Editor of Nasara Newspaper (Hausa Newspaper published by Nasarawa State Government) from June 2006 to July 2007.

He joined Media Trust Ltd, as reporter with Aminiya on August 7, 2007, and was promoted to Senior Reporter with Daily Trust in December 2012. In March 2016, he became Assistant Editor, Aminiya Newspaper before he was promoted to Deputy Editor of the same paper in June, 2016.

On July 2, 2018, he was appointed Acting Editor Aminiya to date.

With over 20 years of experience in journalism, Makera has translated hundreds of articles from English and Arabic Languages to Hausa.