Former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide, is dead.
The 88-year-old legal icon died in his Ibadan, Oyo State, home.
It was gathered that the legal icon, who died of complications from a protracted illness around 1 am, had been sick for three years.
He was a Minister of Education in the first republic, under 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 to 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 have reportedly been deposited in the morgue.