Professor Ahmad Murtala attended the School for Arabic Studies in Nigeria where he had his Grade II certificate. He then attended Aminu School for Islamic Legal Studies, Kano where he graduated with Distinction. He had his Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies from Bayero University Kano Nigeria where he graduated with Second Class Upper grade. He then proceeded to obtain his Master of Arts and his Ph.D degree in Islamic Studies from the same University. He became a Professor of Islamic Studies in 2016.
He started his lecturing career at the Bayero University Kano Nigeria in 2002, where he lectured in the Islamic Studies and Shariah department under the Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies. He was the Deuty Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies between 2010 to 2014, and he is currently the Head of Islamic Studies and Shariah department.
He has won various awards including the University Scholarship for the Best Student in 1994/95 session, and Ado Bayero prize for the Best Final year student in Islamic Studies in 1995/96 during his undergraduate study. He has presented in over 40 conferences, published 10 books, and written over 40 articles in various journals. He has various newspaper articles as well as public lecture to his credit.