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HON. JUSTICE BODE RHODE-VIVOUR,CFR,JSC

Deputy Chairman of the Council

Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Akinwunmi Rhodes-vivour in 1951, in Lagos Island. He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1963.

He went on to attend St Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos, where he obtained his West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate in 1968, and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1970, before proceeding to University of Lagos where he graduated in 1974 with an LLB Honors.

Olabode Rhodes-Vivour attended the Lagos Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1975.  He started his career as a Pupil State Counsel in 1976; and in 1978 he became a State Counsel and rose to become a Senior state Counsel by 1982. He was promoted to the position of Principal State Counsel in 1984, and by 1989 his hard work and career progression had earned him the position of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Lagos State, a position which he held until 1994.

Hon Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour was appointed to the bench as a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Lagos State, on 18th February, 1994. His distinct attributes of service led to his elevation to the Appeal Court on 25th April, 2005.

In 2008, on Secondment by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was posted to Sierra Leone Judiciary as Justice of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, whereupon his return in September, 2010, he was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour has attended various International and Professional conferences within and outside the country. He is a recipient of many notable awards amongst which are –

  • Lagos State Judiciary Merit Awards in recognition of invaluable service to the High Court of Lagos state (2003).
  • Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR 2012).
  • Life Bencher (2016)

His hobbies are reading, watching sports, movies and documentaries. He is married to Mrs Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour and they are blessed with (3) three children.