AJIBOLA BOLA, S.A.N
FULL NAME: AJIBOLA, Bola Adesumbo
YEAR OF CALL TO BAR: 1962 (English)
YEAR OF CONFERMENT AS SAN: 1986
CONFERMENT SERIAL NO.: 49
EDUCATIONAL/ PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
HONOURS & PREFERMENTS:
President, Association of Arbitrators of Nigeria (1974-1979)
President, Nigerian Bar Association (1984-1985)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, (1985-1991)
Judge of International Court of Justice, The Hague (1991-1994)
President/ Judge, World Bank Administrative Tribunal (1994-2005
Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
Honorary Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, UK
Life Bencher / Former Chairman, Body of Benchers (1990-1991)
Chairman, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (1985-1991)
Honorary D.Litt, Uthman Danfodio University Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) – Buckingham University.
Knight of the British Empire, KBE
Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic,CFR
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION: International Law and Arbitration/ Alternative Dispute Resolution LEGAL PUBLICATIONS:
Nigeria Treaties in Force, 1970-1990, (editor)
Banking Frauds and Other Financials Malpractices in Nigeria,1989 (general editor).
Dispute Resolution By International Court of Justice (general editor)
Basis for Jurisdiction Before The International Court of Justice, in Perspective in International Law
Human Rights in Africa, in The Melange in Honour of Justice T.O. Elias
1 Bola Ajibola Street, Opposite Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
1 Murphy Atsepoyi Close, Plot 4, Block U, Ogudu GRA, Ogudu, Lagos.
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1, Fmr Justice of the
International Court, Hague.
2, Attorney General/
3, NBA President: 1984-85
4, Chairman: Body of benchers.
Prince Bola Ajibola is one erudite Nigeria whose credentials in personal development and disposition to patriotic ideals are compelling. These are treasured values which parents do so much to inculcate in their children believing that though the process of nurturing, they will not give their hearts to those unprofitable engagement that are capable of bringing disgrace to the name of the family. Rather, they are disciplined to imbibe attitudes that promote positive self development.
A peep through the trajectory of the one time former Attorney-general and Minister of Justice shows a personality that knows where he is headed and consciously warded off those distractions that would truncate his divine vision in life.
Born on March 22, 1934 in Owu, Abeokuta, Ogun State, to Oba Abdul-salam Ajibola Gbadela 11, who ruled Owu between 1949 and 1972, Ajibola attended Owu Baptist Day School and Baptist Boys High School both in Abeokuta between 1942 and 1955.
He lit the stage of his academic pursuit by enrolling to study Law at the Horlborn College, University of London where he graduated eith a Bachelors degree in Law between 1959 and 1962 and was immediately called to the English Bar at the Lincoln’s Inn. On return to the country, he plunged into the noble profession with so much zest, specializing in commercial Law and International Arbitration. It is on record that the highly respected SAN, former Head of the Nigeria High Commission in Britain, followed the Law profession with passion as can be seen in his 23 years of active practice.
Given his towering visibility in the advancement of justice within and outside the country, the legal luminary showed good knowledge of the intricacies of law in many capacities where he is called upon to serve. At the International Court of Justice (IJC) at the Hague, Netherlands, where he was nominated in 1991 to replace the former Judge and President, Teslim Elias, not a few body of lawyers commended his rare performance in the handling of the Lockerbie trial (a case involving Libya and the United Kingdom and then United States of America) which was his first assignment. Even the revered Chief of Owu would recall “ I produced the most comprehensive among my colleagues of 92 pages, which I presented to them that really convinced some of them to come to my side because we wrote a dissenting opinion. Just imagine, someone just coming in into a court and for the first time in the history of your being there and you are being asked to present your own view about a case and instead of saying I concur or I support, you led people to disagree and telling them legally and soundly the reason why you disagreed”.
The International Adjudicator, Mediator and Negotiator per excellence, qualifies every opportunity to serve as a demand to be patriotic and committed to our national ethos whether in private or public service delivery. He exemplified that much when as Minister of Justice: he revived the rested publication of All Nigerian Law Report that was started during the period of the late Judge Teslim Elias as the Attorney-General of the Federation. He did not just stop at rejuvenating the publication, which used to be published every decade, he made sure that all the previous publication were prepared and published by him from 1958 to 1990.
The legal giant was between 1984 and 1985 the President of the Nigerian Bar association (NBA). He was chairman of the Body of Benchers between 1989 and 1990. He was a member on the Nigerian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1986.
He was also a judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal: Constitutional Court of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina: Arbitrator for the Boundary Dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea and one of the Commissioners empanelled by the United Nations Compensation Commission to decide on the compensation claims filed by Kuwait against Iraq as a result of the Gulf War.
Prince Ajibola presided as the chairman of the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed commission which was established in 2002 following the international Court of justice judgment, which ceded the oil rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon. He also chaired the panel set up by the Plateau State Government to probe the recent crisis in Jos, the state capital. As an inspiration to propel the mass of our Youth towards educational attainment and get them to be the best they can ever be, his university, Crescent University was approved by the federal Government in 2005.
Prince Ajibola has presented papers at over 50 international legal conferences on all the continents of the World. He has well over 15 publications to his credit, two in his honour and over 20 published law papers in national and international journals.
He is married and blessed with fire children, all lawyers. . (We acknowledge that this profile was partially culled from The Radiance of Silk, a publication of Goodways Publications Limited) and other sources