Former Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Richard Akinjide is dead

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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His remains have reportedly been deposited in the morgue.

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