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

The Former attorney passed on at the age of 88 years in his Ibadan residence, in the Oyo State capital.


It was gathered that the legal icon died after some complications around 1am after a protracted illness.

It was learnt that he had been sick for three years.

Akinjide, an Ibadan high chief, was born in Ibadan, in the early 1930s to an influential family of warriors.

He attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife in Osun State and passed out with a distinction (Aggregate 6).

The legal luminary proceeded on his educational journey in the United Kingdom in 1951 and was called to the English Bar in 1955.

He was later to the Nigerian Bar and established Akinjide and Co., a legal firm.

He was a Minister of Education in the first republic, during the Regime of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Minister of Justice in the second republic, during the administration of former President Shehu Shagari.

Akinjide 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, and became the legal adviser for the party.

While serving as the Attorney-General of the Federation, Nigeria temporarily reversed the executions of armed robbers.

He was the lead prosecutor in the treason trial of Bukar Zanna Mandara; the eviction of many illegal foreign nationals from Nigeria which contributed to mild violence against some foreigners in the land.

His remains has reportedly been deposited in the morgue.


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