Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Olu Onagoruwa SAN, has died.
Onagoruwa passed away in the early hours of today, sources close to the family said. He was 81
The human rights activist and constitutional lawyer, who served under Gen Sani Abacha’s regime studied law at the University of London where he obtained his LL.B; LL.M and PhD degrees.
Upon his return to the country he attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1971. After his pupilage he set up his law firm in Lagos with bias for popular causes. As a liberal scholar he combined his legal practice with regular commentary on socio-legal affairs. He wrote several books and has to his credit over 250 published articles.
At a period when human rights had been put in abeyance by martial law, Dr. Onagoruwa handled many cases of constitutional significance which questioned the basis of continued military rule.
He is 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.
Onagoruwa attended the Academy of American and International Law Center USA on a Fullbright and Hays scholarship, has served as a law lecturer in various Nigerian Institutions.
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. Dr Onagoruwa was also the Group Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary of Daily Times Nigeria for several years.
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