Olawale Fapohunda

Attorney – General & Commissioner for Justice

Olawale Fapohunda, Attorney – General & Commissioner for Justice, Ekiti State. before his appointment was Managing Partner, Legal Resources Consortium, a Public Interest Law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Fapohunda is a human rights lawyer and one of Nigeria’s leading experts in justice sector reform.

He is the Vice – Chairman, Federal Government Panel on the Implementation of Justice Sector Reforms, he is also a serving two-time Commissioner with the National Human Rights Commission.

He is currently Vice- Chairman, National Committee for the Prevention of Torture. He has the distinct credential of serving on the Justice Sector Reform team of every Attorney- General and Minister of Justice in Nigeria since 1999. He drafted and played a key role in the advocacy of several justice sector reform bills including the National Human Rights Commission Act Amendment Bill, the Legal Aid Council Act Amendment Bill, the Prisons Act Amendment Bill, the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill and the bill for the Prevention of Torture.

He drafted the Nigeria’s National Action Plan on Human Rights which is the basis for the evaluation of Nigeria’s human rights record especially at the United Nations. He is acknowledged to have supervised the first comprehensive audit of the all the 234 Prison facilities in Nigeria concluded in 2012. He was Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Justice Sector Reform Committee he is two time recipient of the NBA Presidents Bar Excellence Award. He is presently the General Secretary of West African Bar Association and a member of the International Bar Association.

Fapohunda is the Deputy Secretary- General of the UK Based Penal Reform International. He is the facilitator of the African NGOs Initiative to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Dayo Apata

Permanent Secretary

Born on 25th June 1961, Dayo Apata attended the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State where he sat for and passed University of Cambridge Higher School Local Examination in 1980. He proceeds to the University of Ibadan where he graduated amongst the first set of Law graduates in 1984. He was called to Nigeria Bar in 1985 and also obtained Master in Public Administration in 2007.

Mr Apata served in the Legal Unit of Nigeria Customs Service as a Prosecuting Officer (NYSC).

He joined the Federal Civil Service and was posted to Federal Ministry of Justice as Legal Officer.

He worked with the Eastern Zone of Nigeria Customs Service as an Assistant Legal Adviser, Prosecuting and Defending Customs cases in the Eastern Geopolitical Zone .He was at the Federal Ministry of Justice in the Civil Litigation Department.

He was with the Legal Unit of the Federal Ministry of Power and Steel as an Assistant Legal Adviser He was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice

He worked as the Legal Adviser to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation as the Head of the Unit Defending Federal Government in Courts, Drafting Legal Agreements and Proffering Legal Advice.

He went on to become the Legal Adviser to the National Planning Commission. He was head of Legal Unit Presidency, State Coordinator, National Economic Council before becoming the Ekiti State Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, a position he currently holds.

Ojo Lawrence Babatope

Administrator General and Public Trustee

Ojo Lawrence Babatope is from Ekiti State, born on the 2nd of May, 1963 in Imesi Ekiti, in Gboyin Local Government Area of Ekiti, Ekiti State; schooled in Saint James Anglican Primary School Imesi Ekiti from 1970 -1975 where I obtained my First School Leaving Certificate and Aisegba Community Grammar School, Aisegba Ekiti from 1976 – 1981 where he obtained West African Senior School Certificate. He proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife from 1985 – 1989 where he obtained LL.B (HONS) and then the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1989 – 1990 where he bagged a B.L.

Mr Babatope started his working career with Pupil Counsel, J.O. Ajewole & co, Ilorin, Kwara State from 1990 – 1991 from where he moved on to be a Junior Counsel at Kayode Ogunleye & co, Akure from October, 1991 – March, 1992.

He became a State Counsel in Ondo State Civil Service from 1992 until 1996 when he joined the Ekiti State Civil Service as a State Counsel till date.

He has held several positions with his present employer amongst which are: Acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice Ekiti State from January, 2010 – January, 2012 where he represented the office of the Honourable Attorney General at the State Executive Council, the State Tenders Board and State Security Council Meetings and Chaired the Prerogative of Mercy Committee, the Ministerial Senior Management Meetings, the Ministerial Tenders Board Meetings and the Ministerial Cash Allocation Committee Meetings.

He was the Director of Public Prosecutions from 2002-2008 where he initiated the Criminal Case Management System that is ongoing in Ekiti State, Ensured that Legal Advice were issued within two weeks, collaborated with Community Law Centre (an NGO) to facilitate the first Ekiti State Prison Reform, Collaborated with Community Law Centre (an NGO) to establish Social Justice Fund which was disbursed to Prosecutors to Facilitate the witnesses transport to and fro court and this aided smooth and speedy dispensation of Criminal Justice Administration in Ekiti and as well, quick disposition of Criminal cases were achieved. I was the Director of Civil Litigation from 1998 – 2002 where my Responsibilities include: Legal Advice on Policy Matters, Out of Court Settlement, and Initiation of Appeals in appropriate cases on behalf of the State as well as Handling of cases on behalf of the State in the High Court, National Industrial Court, Federal High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

He was the Administrator General and Public Trustee from April 2012, a position he holds till date where his responsibilities include: Holding Peace Meetings with the Families and Beneficiaries of the Deceased who died intestate without collecting terminal benefits; disbursing the death benefits of the Deceased among the Beneficiaries of the Deceased Estate and Administering the Estate of the Deceased that is voluntarily surrendered by the Next of Kin of the Deceased.

Akinbolawa Taiwo Modupe

Directorate of Legal Drafting and Corporate Law

Barr. Akinbolawa Taiwo Modupe (nee Adeniyi) graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, (formerly University of Ife) with a bachelor of law (LL.B) in 1992.
She later attended the Nigerian Law School Lagos for Barrister of Law (B.L) Certificate in 1993.

Modupe joined the Ministry of Justice in December, 1999 and has had the privilege of working in various departments in the ministry.
She held the position of Administration General and Public Trustee, from 2003 to 2007. She was posted to the Directorate of Law Review in 2007.
As Director Law Review, she partaked in the final editing and proof reading of the final draft of the maiden edition of the Laws of Ekiti State. She was also part of the team that went to South Africa for training in editing and proof reading organized by LexisNexis in 2009.
In 2010, Modupe was posted to the Directorate of Legal Drafting and Corporate Law. In the same year, she was given admission into the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Study, Lagos, for a Master’s degree in Legislative Drafting.
Modupe who also holds a Master’s degree in law, LLM(2005) from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, was the first secretary of Association of Women Lawyers (Fida) in Ekiti State. She is a member of Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU) and also represents her Ministry as ex-officio member of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Ekiti State.
She has attended seminars , workshops and trainings in Nigeria, the Republic of South Africa and the Cameroun.

Akomolafe Olabode Ebenezer

Directorate for Citizens Rights

Akomolafe Olabode Ebenezer was born on the 8th of June 1959 at Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti State; hails from Itapa-Ekiti Primary School, Ikole. He schooled in St. Saviour’s African Primary School, Ikole from 1965 to 1970 and Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Ikole-Ekiti from 1975 to 1980 from where he proceeded to Ondo State College of Arts and Science, Ikare Akoro from 1980 to 1982.

He went on to further his education in the University of Lagos Akoka Yaba, Lagos from 1982-1990 where he obtained a B.SC in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management and LL.B respectively.

He went on to the Lagos Campus of the Nigerian Law School from where he obtained B.L. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies between 1997 and 2008. He also have a Certificate in Legislative Drafting for Drafters of National and State Houses of Assembly in October, 1997 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legislative drafting in March, 2000.

Mr Akomolafe has functioned in different capacities since the beginning of his career, the positions includes: Senior Legal Officer, Ministry of Justice Akure & Ado-Ekiti from 1994 to 1998; Director of Legal Drafting and Corporate Law, Ministry of Justice, Ado-Ekiti from 1998 to 2000; Administrator General and Public Trustee, Ministry of Justice Ado-Ekiti from 2000 to 2002; Director of Legal Drafting & Corporate Law, Ministry of Justice, Ado-Ekiti from 2002 to 2010; Director for Citizens’ Rights, Administrator General and Public Trustee, Ministry of Justice Ado-Ekiti 2011 to 2012; Directorate for Citizens’ Rights, Ministry of Justice May 2012 to Date.

Ad-Hoc Posts held by him includes: Chairman, Committee on Review of the Observations Raised by the National Pension Commission on the Ekiti State Contributory Pension Bill, 2006 from October, 2006-January, 2010 and Member of the Senior Management Committee, Ekiti State Civil Service from April 2011 – March 2012.

Adeniyi Olatunji Familoni

The Director of Public Prosecutions

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Adeniyi Olatunji Familoni, attended St. Thomas Aquinas College, Akure and graduated from the famous Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Nigeria, where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (Honours class) in 1994. He was admitted into the Nigerian Bar to practice as a solicitor and advocate in 1995 and the following year, was appointed as a State Counsel in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice, where within five years of working, was appointed as Head of Department, Public Prosecutions.

He functioned in that capacity for two years before he was again assigned to head the Civil Litigations Department of the Ministry. In 2007, Mr. Familoni was appointed the Pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the Ekiti State Citizens’ Rights Centre, the State’s free mediation and legal aid services Agency. He became the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ekiti State in 2011.

Mr. Familoni holds a Masters Degree in International Law from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Diploma in Biblical Studies from the International School of Ministry, Los Alamitos, CA, U.S.A. He was a pioneer recipient of the Ekiti State Civil Service Merit Award in June, 2006 and has been privileged to subsequently manage and mentor two recipients of the same award and one recipient of the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit Award in the Ministry. He has also served as member of several Panels and Commissions of Inquiry set up by the Ekiti State Government.

Mr. Familoni is happily married with three sons and attends Grace Covenant Centre, a thriving independent church in Ado, the State’s capital city, where he actively serves as an Assistant Pastor.

He passionately believes that integrity, accountability, professionalism and excellence are a must for every civil and public servant in the quest for effective service delivery.

Bolanle Ruth Wale-Awe

The Director of Civil Litigation

The Director of Civil Litigation, Bolanle Ruth Wale-Awe, attended St. Lawrence Grammar School, Ilesa and graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Nigeria where she obtained her Bachelor of Law degree in 1991 and was admitted into the Nigerian Law School where she obtained a Barrister at Law (BL) and was enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria to practice as a Solicitor and an Advocate in 1992. She joined the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice in April, 1997 and is there till date.

She has also functioned as the Director of Citizens’ Right from 2001-2007, Director of Civil Litigation from 2007-2008, Director for Public Prosecutions from 2008-2011 and January 2013, Director for Law Review from 2011-2012 all in the Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State.

Mrs. Bolanle Ruth Wale-Awe born on the 25th of January, 1967 is married with Children.

Adegboyega Adeoye Morakinyo

The Director of Law Review

The Director of Law Review Department Adegboyega Adeoye Morakinyo, was made to attend several primary and Secondary schools as a price he paid for being born by both parents who were careerist teachers whose incessant job transfer and postings re-shaped their wards, school attendance.

He was later admitted into the famous Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1995. He later attended the Nigerian Law school, upon completion where he qualified and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar to Practice as a Solicitor and Advocate in 1996 after which he had his mandated National Youth Service programme at the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice in 1997.

Mr. Morakinyo among many job options took up an appointment as a State Counsel in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice in 1998 where he had served in various Departments before his present designation as the Director, Law Review.

He passionately believes that professionalism and merit should not be sacrificed on the altar of service bureaucracy.

Mr. Morakinyo is fulfilled martially and has an insatiable urge to serve both the humanity and God Almighty.

Mrs. Adebimpe Yetunde Ayodele

The Director of Administration and Supply

The Director of Administration and Supply, Mrs. Adebimpe Yetunde Ayodele attended Doherty Memorial Grammar School Ijero-Ekiti from 1975-1980. She also attended Ondo State College of Education Ikere-Ekiti and later proceeded to Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti for her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education in 1995. She bagged her Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Ado-Ekiti in 2008.

She started her career as a Teacher in the old Ondo State and at creation of state crossed to the Ekiti State Civil Service as Administrative Officer VII in the year 2000.

Mrs Ayodele A.Y has served in various capacity in the State Ministries, Agencies and Departments which include: Ministry of Women Affairs from 2000-2003; Ministry of Commerce and Industry 2003-2005; Ministry of Information, Sports and Social Development 2005-2006, Ekiti State Waste Management Board 2006-2007; Poverty Reduction Agency 2006-2007; Ministry of Sports 2008-2009; Ministry of Sports and Youth Development 2009-2011; Ekiti State Civil Service Commission 2011; Ministry of Justice 2011-till date and her responsibilities include: Processing of appointment of applicants; Processing of transfer of service, Inter Cadre transfer etc; Facilitating the deployment of officers from the Civil service; Promotion and advancement of eligible officers; Organising workshops and Seminars; Processing of petitions; Disciplining of erring officers; Processing of personnel estimates; Handling of punishment and reward system; Rendering utility services; Procurement and Supply of office furniture and equipment; Drafting of Executive Memoranda.

Mr Ogunlayi Abiodun Akim

Director Finance & Accounts

Mr Ogunlayi Abiodun Akim born on the 22nd day of December 1970 is the Director Finance & Accounts.

He graduated from University of Ado-Ekiti with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. He is also a holder of ACMA and CAN certificates.

He joined the service of Ekiti State Government in 1995 and was posted to then State Primary Education Board, now Universal Basic Education Board as Principal Executive Officer (Accounts).He worked as an Accountant in Ekiti State Ministry of Education and was promoted the Director Finance and Accounts (DFA) at Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Ado-Ekiti before his final transfer to his present office at the Ministry of Justice.