Again, the Nigerian legal community last week lost one of its distinguished memebers, with passage of Professor David Ijalaiye, SAN.
A statement from the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) signed by its Secretary Seyi Sowemimo, SAN announced the sad loss of the erudite academic, and Nigeria’s first Nigerian Emeritus professor of law.
It said “The late Emeritus Professor David Ijalaiye, SAN was born on the 8th of April, 1928 (92 years old), and was called to the English and Nigerian Bar respectively in 1963 and 1964.
“He attended Hull University where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws, and won the prize for the best overall performance. He was the Dean, Faculty of Law, the University of Ife from 1974-1978 and became the first Nigerian ‘Emeritus Professor of Law. He was appointed Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, old Ondo State from 1984 -1987 and was also appointed member, Nigerian Constitution Review Committee from 1987 – 1988 and member, Body of Benchers from 1984 – 1987.
“He was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Postgraduate Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Fellow, Nigerian Society of International Law and
Nigerian Representative, International Bioethics Committee, UNESCO. He was also a member of, Constituent Assembly from 1988-1989 and earned the award of Distinguished Professor of Law by the Nigerian Universities Commission.
In 2006, he was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).