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Chief Abimbola Osuolale Richard Akinjide, who was a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation has died.

He died at the age of 88, in Ibadan after he suffered from an undisclosed illness.

Late Richard was born in Ibadan, Oyo state in 1930 to a very influential family of warriors, the late foremost lawyer and Ibadan high chief attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife from where he passed out in Grade One (Distinction, Aggregate 6).

In 1951 he travelled to the United Kingdom for his higher education and in 1955 he was called to Bar.

He established his law firm, Akinjide & Co soon after.

The frontline Yoruba leader was a Minister of Education in the first republic, during the government of Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Minister for Justice in the second republic, during the administration of President Shehu Shagari.

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.

 

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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