HON. JUSTICE OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA
CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA
Hon. Justice Ariwoola was born to the Ariwoola family on 22nd August, 1954, in Iseyin Local Government area of Oyo State. His Lordship started his educational career at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967. He was in the Muslim Modern School in the same town between 1968 and 1969 before proceeding to Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Saki in Oyo North of Oyo State.
His Lordship studied law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife and bagged a bachelor of law degree with honors in July, 1980. In July 1981, Hon. Justice Ariwoola was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate.
His Lordship started his career as a State Counsel as a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) at the Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State and later as a Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice in Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the State Civil Service for private practice. His Lordship worked as Counsel in-Chambers of Chief Ladosu Ladapo, SAN between October, 1988 and July 1989. Thereafter, his Lordship established Olukayode Ariwoola & Co – a firm of legal Practitioners and Consultants in Oyo town in August, 1989 before he was appointed in November, 1992 as a Judge of the Oyo State Judiciary.
Justice Ariwoola served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Phonex Motors Ltd – one of Oodua Investment conglomerate between 1988 and 1992. Chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State between May 1993 and September, 1996 before he was posted out of the headquarters, Ibadan to Saki High Court. His Lordship served on the Election Tribunals in Zamfara and Enugu States in 1999. On Election Appeal Courts in Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Benin, Yola and Ilorin at various times.
He was sworn in as a Judge of the High Court on 2nd November, 1992, as a Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA) on 22nd November, 2005 and again as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC) on 22nd November, 2011.
Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, his lordship served as Justice of Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos Divisions. He is also a fellow of International Dispute Resolution Institute (FIDRI) having been inducted in Dubai, U.A.E in 2014.
His Lordship has attended many International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK and Dubai, UAE.
Honourable Justice Ariwoola is happily married with children and he loves reading, listening to good music, photography and shopping.