Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has been reported dead. Onagoruwa was said to have passed out in the early hours of Friday at the age of 80.
It can be recalled that Onagoruwa was appointed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1993 and later as the African representative to the body that drafted Ethiopia’s constitution that same year. The deceased was also the Group Legal Adviser/ Company Secretary of Daily Times Nigeria for several years.
In a tribute in September 2014 titled Dr. Olu Onagoruwa’s Belated Admission To Inner Bar, Femi Falana wrote: “Dr. Olu Onagoruwa 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”.