By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide, is dead.
Akinjide passed on at the age of 88 in his Ibadan residence, the Oyo State capital.
It was gathered that the legal icon, who died of complications from a protracted illness around 1 am, had been sick for three years.
Akinjide, an Ibadan high chief, was born in Ibadan, in the early 1930s to an influential family of warriors.
He attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife in Osun State and passed out with a distinction.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria proceeded on his educational journey to the United Kingdom in 1951 and was called to the English Bar in 1955.
He was later called to the Nigerian Bar and established Akinjide and Co., a legal firm.
He was a Minister of Education in the first republic, under Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Minister of Justice in the second republic, during the administration of former President Shehu Shagari.
His remains have reportedly been deposited in the morgue.