Former Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Richard Akinjide dies at 89

Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide, is dead.

Akinjide died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness aged 89.

Born in the city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in the southwest of the country in 1930. Akinjide attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife from where he passed out in Grade One (Distinction, Aggregate 6).

Richard travelled to the UK in 1951 for his higher education and was called to the English Bar in 1955 and later in Nigeria. He established his practice of Akinjide & Co soon after.

He was a former minister of education in the government of Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa during the first republic and the minister for Justice in the administration of President Shehu Shagari in the second republic. He was a member of the judicial systems sub-committee of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1975-1977 and later joined the National Party of Nigeria in 1978. He became the legal adviser for the party and was later appointed the Minister for Justice.

Richard Akinjide was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He also served as a chieftain in the Olubadan of Ibadan’s court of clan nobles.

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