Nigeria’s former Attorney General, Olu Onagoruwa, is dead

A former Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a well known human rights activist, Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, is dead.

He died early Friday morning at the age of 80.

He was appointed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1993 and was further appointed as the African representative to the body that drafted Ethiopia’s constitution in that same year.

He emerged the Attorney-General of Nigeria after the coup led by the late General Sani Abacha and General Oladipo Diya against the government, then headed by Chief Ernest Shonekan. Throughout Olu Onagoruwa’s stay as Attorney-General, he never permitted the gates of justice to be shut against any Nigerian.

Dr Onagoruwa graduated from University College London in 1964, obtained his LLM and completed his Ph.D. in constitutional Law from the same University in 1968. A member of the Inner Temple of the English bar, he is also a member of both the Nigerian and International Bar Associations.

Dr Olu Onagoruwa published over 250 articles on Law and Contemporary issues.

He was also the author of the Nigerian Civil War; Fundamental Human Rights and International law 1969, The Amakiri Case; Press Freedom in crisis 1978 and Law and Contemporary Nigeria Reflections 2004 amongst others.

Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, who attended the Academy of American and International Law Center USA on a full bright and hays scholarship, served as a law lecturer in various Nigerian Institutions. 

Dr Onagoruwa was also the Group Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary of Daily Times Nigeria for several years.

For over 35 years, Dr. Onagoruwa was involved in general practice of law. His core practice areas included Constitutional law, Legislative Matters, Banking and Insolvency, Oil and Gas, Telecommunication Law and litigation.

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