Justice Emmanuel Ayoola Foundation
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Hon. Justice Emmanuel Olayinka Ayoola is former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), a position held since 2005. Prior to this appointment, he served in various judicial capacities in and outside Nigeria as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, President, Seychelles Court of Appeal and Chief Justice of the Government of Gambia.
Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ayoola was born in October 1933. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, and a B.A in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1957. In 1959 he was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. For seventeen years he had a private legal practice in Ibadan, Oyo State.
In 1976, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Western Nigeria, and soon after a judge of the High Court of Oyo State. He served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of The Gambia (1980 – 1983) and was Chief Justice of the Gambia (1983 – 1992). He was Vice President of the World Judges Association in 1991. He was President of the Court of Appeals of Seychelles, and Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria (1992 – 1998). He became Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1998 till his retirement in October 2003. He then became the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (2003 – 2005).
He was also Chairman of the Working Committee on Law Revision of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2000.