Akinola Olajide Apara

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Chief Justice Akinola Olajide Apara attended Igbobi College, Lagos. He received his university education at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple, London in July 1957.

He 'grew up' in the Ministry of Justice in the old Western Region and later Western State of Nigeria, serving as the Director of Public Prosecution and later as Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the then Western State.

In 1975 he was appointed a High Court Judge. In April 1991, he was appointed the Chief Judge of the old Oyo State. After the creation of Osun State in August 1991, he served as Chief Judge of both Oyo and Osun states. He was then deployed solely to Osun State in that capacity in the same year. He was fondly called 'Equity Judge' due to his deep desire for litigants to continuously explore reconciliatory methods.

He retired honourably from the Bench in October 1996 and was called to eternal Glory in May 2001. His publications include 'The law is for All' and 'The new Wigs'.

He is survived by four children.