Bola Ajibola

Bolasodun Adesumbo "Bola" Ajibola, KBE (born March 22, 1934)[1] was an Attorney General and the Minister of Justice of Nigeria from 1985 to 1991 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 1994.[2] He was president of the Nigerian Bar Association from 1984 to 1985. He was also one of five commissioners on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, organized through the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Bola Ajibola

Minister of Justice of Nigeria
In office
September 12, 1985 – December 4, 1991
Succeeded byClement Akpamgbo
Judge of the International Court of Justice
In office
Preceded byTaslim Elias
Succeeded byAbdul Koroma
Personal details
Born (1934-03-22) March 22, 1934 (age 86)
Alma materUniversity of London

Born on March 22, 1934 in Owu, near Abeokuta, Nigeria, to the Owu royal family[3] of Oba Abdul-Salam Ajibola Gbadela II, who was the traditional ruler of Owu between 1949 and 1972, Ajibola attended Owu Baptist Day School and Baptist Boys’ High School both in Abeokuta between 1942 and 1955. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B) at the Holborn College of Law, University of London between 1959 and 1962 and was called to the English Bar at the Lincoln’s Inn in 1962. He returned to Nigeria to practise the Law, specialising in Commercial Law and International Arbitration.

He was the chairman of the panel set up by the Plateau State government to probe the 2008 Jos riots.[4][5] He established crescent university in 2005 in Nigeria which is an Islamic and co-educational institution.


  1. ^ Mielle K. Bulterman, Martin Kuijer Compliance with judgments of international courts
  2. ^ "Election of a Member of the International Court of Justice" (PDF). ICJ. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-29. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  3. ^ Miroslav Volf; Ghazi bin Muhammad (Prince of Jordan.); Mellisa Yarrington (2010). Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 238. ISBN 9780802863805.
  4. ^ Jos Riots - Politricking With Fire
  5. ^ Plateau Gov Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Jos Riots