Portrait of Distinction (The Profile of Eyitayo Jegede, SAN)
Eyitayo JEGEDE, Senoir Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, was born to the family of late Chief Johnson Bosede, the Odopetu of Isinkan, Akure, and Mrs C.O Jegede (need Asokeji) from Ipele town, near Owo.
Eyitayo JEGEDE’s late father, Chief J.B Jegede retired from public service of Ondo State in 1982 having joined the service of the Old Western Region in 1948. He was the Supervisory Councillor for Health in Akure Local Government and Treasurer of Anglican Diocese of Akure until he discontinued this service on the ground of failing health. His was a classical example of public service.
Eyitayo JEGEDE’s grandfather was Gabriel Jegede, a prominent trader during his lifetime. He was the Baba Egbe Onisowo Akure, a notable merchant in Akure dealing in Hardwares (heavy equipment, chains, firearms etc.), trading between and the coastal areas of (then) Western State.
A successful businessman by all standards with his vast residential estate in the heart of Akure township. Till date, the legacies of his age-long investment are still there for all to see.
Eyitayo is the fifth of the children of seven. The eldest is Mrs. Christianah Esho, a retired public servant now resident in United Kingdom; the second is Mrs. Mojisola Alex-Adedipe, a retired Nurse who was at some point also a Supervisory Councilor for Health in the Akure Local Government under Governor Adebayo Adefarati’s government.
The first male child in the family is Comrade Olugbenga Jegede, a retired public servant and politician. Comrade Gbenga Jegede served as Chairman of NULGE and Chairman of NLC and was also a Commissioner in the Civil Service Commission between 2010 and 2013. He presently serves as the Chairman of Ondo State Sports Council.
The immediate elder brother to Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is Tokunbo Olumuyiwa Jegede who is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Orange F.M Station in Akure.
The immediate younger brother, Mr. Olawale Jegede is a banker with the Fidelity Bank in Ibadan. The last of the children of seven is Mrs. Olubunmi Erebor who resides in Benin.
Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, attended St. Stephen’s “SA” Primary School Modakeke, Ife and was at Aquinas College Akure from 5th January 1973 to July 1978 for his Secondary Education. He was a Prefect at Aquinas College and took active part in Sports in the best traditions of the family. He had his Higher School Certificate Education at Christ School, Ado Ekiti, and was the School Volleyball Captain both at Aquinas College, Akure and Christ School, Ado Ekiti. He also captained the University Volleyball team at the University of Lagos where he had his Law Degree Course between 1980 and 1983.
Mr. Jegede, SAN, qualified as a lawyer in 1984 after the One Year mandatory programme at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The One Year mandatory National Service saw Eyitayo posted to the then Gongola State where he eventually started his law practice. He was a counsel with the Law Firm of Murtala Aminu & Co., Yola for 12 years and practiced extensively in the Northern part of Nigeria where he made a lot of friends and built legal practice with special interest in litigation, Commercial and Cooperate law. He established the Law firm Tayo Jegede & Co. with officers in Yola and Abuja in 1996.
He engaged in extensive relationships. He was appointed a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of Nigeria in 1992 and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on 16th December, 2008. He was deeply and actively involved in political cases and election petition matters, an area of law where his industry and practice is noted and respected.
In 2009, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, was appointed as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s administration where he served in the first four years of the administration. Following the re-election of Governor Mimiko for the second term in 2013, Governor Mimiko again appointed Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, a position he still serves till date.
He was given numerous assignments in the administration and remained one of the key members of the cabinet, carrying out critical duties for the administration on the authorization of his boss, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, a man not given to pettiness but driven by the passion to serve his people and humanity.
Mr. Jegede held forte as the Head, Ministry of Justice, Ondo State, where he ensured the review of the Laws of Ondo State for the first time since the creation of the State in 1976, and actively supported and midwife the provision of facilities for the establishment of the Court of Appeal, the National Industrial Court and the zonal Offices of the Federal Ministry of Justice, all in Ondo State.
Realizing also that there is need to improve on the administration of Criminal Justice System in the State, the Office of the Chief Judge of the State working closely with the Attorney General of the State established the first High Court within the precincts of the prison to fast track prosecution of Criminal Cases especially those that have to do with Capital Offences; the first in the Country.
Recently, with the cooperation of some Non-Governmental Associations and other prominent legal practitioners and Judges, the new Criminal Justice Administration Law was enacted and signed into Law. The whole idea is to improve on the Administration of Criminal Justice System.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has since 2009 been entrusted by his colleagues, the Attorney General of 36 States in the federation, with the responsibility of Chairman of Body of Attorney General in the States of the Federation where he coordinates the activities of his colleagues in the country.
Mr. Jegede, SAN, is a member of the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria, the body responsible for setting standards for legal education in Nigeria. Again, by the virtue of his office as Attorney General of Ondo State, he had been a member of Body of Benchers for some years, the body responsible for the call to bar of successful law students.
Mr. Jegede, SAN, had served twice as the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association in Yola. He has a deep interest in the Education sector. He was a member of the 5 man implementation Committee that was saddled with the responsibility of establishing the American University of Nigeria, an American styled University based in Yola, Adamawa State. He served as the pioneer Secretary of the Board of Trustees working with prominent Nigerians and foreigners alike in the Governing Board of the University, and providing the policy guidelines and regulations for the University.
He was a member of the Governing Board of Abti Academy and subsequently the Chairman of the Board, Abti Academy, an English styled Secondary School that has created a niche and class for itself as a British styled Secondary School, located in Yola, Adamawa State. A sports man, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, represented the state Volleyball team at the intermediate level during the various National Sports Festivals at Kaduna in1997, Ibadan in 1979 and Owerri in 1981 where he won laurels for the State.
He is a passionate philanthropist and community friendly public officer that identifies with the lowly in society. Many refer to him as accessible and affable. A deeply religious man, Mr. Jegede is of the Anglican Communion. He had served as the Chancellor of two Dioceses in the North, the Diocese of Jalingo, Taraba State and Diocese of Yola, Adamawa State.
Mr. Jegede is a team player with a strong sense of character, propelled by vision to improve on the life of the common man.
A very patriotic, loyal and dedicated public officer with friends across political ethnic and religious divides; a man in complete harmony with his people and the environment, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has a wide and varied extensive legal practice, both in the Private Bar and Public Bar having attained the highest distinction in his legal practice. He is a widely travelled man who over the years has acquired extensive working experience both within and outside the Country.
Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is a man of impeccable character, a humane and humble technocrat who had selflessly and passionately served his State and affected humanity with difference; a technocrat in government; a professional in politics.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is a family man with very high family values. He is married to Eno Jegede and both are bles.