G.S. Sowemimo

George Sodeinde Sowemimo was the Chief Justice of Nigeria from 1983-85, and judge for 32 years. Born in 1920, Sowmemimo grew up in the north, from Zaria to Kano where he attended Holy Trinity…

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Ethics of the Legal Profession

Eko Akete 1924 By Editor, Adekambi Indispensible part in the Administration of justice The legal education in recent years has attracted a lot of attention locally. This fact is evident from the…

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Obadiah Hutchinson Williams

Obadiah Hutchinson Williams was the founder of the Illiterates Office, which was the forerunner of the Nigerian modern judiciary. He was born in Oyo in 1860 and was educated at the in Abeokuta….

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Palace of Ladapo Ademola II, the Alake of Abeokuta (1951)

Dipomu system

Dipomu, in Yoruba language, Di opo mu, meaning ‘catch hold of the post’. Ancient judicial practise in southwest Nigeria in which an offender or anyone who was in trouble sought sanctuary in…

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Senior staff of the Federal Legal Department on steps of the Law Courts building, Lagos, Nigeria.Photo by: Elisofon, Eliot


Judiciary makes the third arm of the Nigerian government, the other two being executive, and the legislature. The law, including the ones being made by the legislative arm is interpreted and…

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Ademola Adetokunbo

Adetokunbo Ademola

Ademola Adetokunbo was born 1 February 1906 to the Alake of Abeokuta, Ladapo Ademola. Adetokunbo was the first Nigerian Chief Justice of the federation and the longest serving, also a co-founder…

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olumuyiwa Jibowu

Samuel Olumuyiwa Jibowu

Samuel Olumuyiwa Jibowu was the first Nigerian Judge who was also Chief Justice of Lagos and the old Western region successively. Jibowu was born on August 26 1899 at Abeokuta. He attended…

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Nigeria Law School graduate of the 1960s.

Law (profession)

Lawyers, also called attorneys, solicitors, counselors, or barristers, are the ones qualified to offer advice concerning the law and to represent clients in legal matters. The American Bar…

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Sapara Williams with counsels at the court

Alexander Sapara Williams

Alexander Sapara Williams was the 19th Century lawyer, who when called to bar at the Inner Temple in 1879 became Nigeria’s first to qualify as an advocate. His clamour for press freedom, and…

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