Chief Richard Akinjide,(SAN), a former Minister of Justice in the second Republic, and the oldest lawyer in Nigeria, has been reported dead.
According to Penpushing, Akinjide who was also a former Minister of Education in the Government of Prime Minister Tafawa practiced law for over 60 years and has stated severally that there is no retirement in legal profession.
The late legal luminary was born in 1930 in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
He attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Aremo, Ibadan, before proceeding to Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife from where he passed out in Grade One (Distinction, Aggregate 6).
In 1951 Akinjide travelled to the United Kingdom for his higher education, where he badged LLB degree in Law at the University of London and also obtained a certificate in Journalism, he was called to the English Bar in 1955.
The deceased was subsequently called to Bar in Nigerian and the Gambian before he rose to became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1978,.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he practiced briefly under S.L Durosaro before setting up his public practice known as Akinjide & Co.
Akinjide was a contributor to West African Pilot and Daily Times, as a result of his love for journalism.
He taught International Commercial Arbitration at post-graduate level at the University of Ibadan.
The late Akinjide was a member of the Judicial Systems Sub-Committee of the Constitutional Drafting Committee of 1975-1977 who later joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1978. He became the Legal Adviser for the party before his appointment as the Minister for Justice.