The Body of Benchers is set to hold a send forth dinner in honour of its amiable outgoing Chairman, Chief Woke Olanipekun, CFR. SAN.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, 30th March, 2023, at the Halimatu Abdullahi Turaki Banquet Hall, Body of Benchers Complex, Plot 688, Institution and Research District, FCC Phase III, Abuja by 6:00pm.
The current Vice-Chairman of the body Hon. Justice Mary Peter Odili CFR is the next in line.
Chief Olanipekun, OFR, SAN was elected at the Chairman of the Body of Benchers in March 2022.
Chief Oluwole Olanipekun SAN was born in 18th November, 1951 in Ikere-Ekiti. He attended Amoye Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti, and then Ilesa Grammar School. Ilesa. He obtained his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Lagos and he was called to the Bar in 1976.
Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN is the founder and principal partner of Wole Olanipekun & Co. he was conferred with the prestigious rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1991.
Arguably one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers, he has been involved as counsel and amicus curiae in many of Nigeria’s landmark cases. He is also in top demand internationally as an expert in Nigerian law.
Chief Olanipekun has presented over 100 papers on diverse topics on Law, including; Economics, Politics, Literature and Corporate Governance in and out of the country. His practice areas include constitutional law, pre and post-election dispute resolution, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, labour law, commercial litigation, criminal law and general practice. He is presently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Nigeria’s Premier University, the University of Ibadan.
He was President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) between 2002 and 2004. He has at different times served as a member of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC).
He became a Life Bencher on 16th February 2007.
He is also the founder of NewCruse 92.7FM Radio Station
Olanipekun is a distinguished member of the Council of Legal Education, (Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee) and General Council of the Bar among others. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he was also conferred with the National honour of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2012. Chief Olanipekun, SAN is happily married.