PROFILE | Eyitayo Olayinka Jegede, SAN
Eyitayo Olayinka Jegede, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, was born to the family of late Chief Johnson Bosede Jegede, the Odopetu of Isinkan,
Akure, and Mrs Caroline Oluwatola Jegede (nee Asokeji) from Ipele town, in Owo Local Government Area.
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 the Anglican Diocese of Akure until he discontinued this service on the ground of his failing health. His was a classical example of public service.
Eyitayo Jegede’s grandfather was Chief Gabriel Jegede, a prominent trader during his lifetime. He was the Baba Egbe Onisowo Akure, a
notable merchant dealing in hardwares (heavy equipment, chains, machines etc.), trading between Akure and the coastal areas of the
(then) Western Region. 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. He was also the treasurer of St. David’s Anglican Church, Ijomu
Akure and the Baba Egbe of the Church.
Eyitayo is the fifth of the seven children of his parents. 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 also at some point 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 Local Government 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 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 “A” Primary School Modakeke, Ife and was at Aquinas College Akure from 5th January 1973
to July 1978 for his secondary education. He was one of the Prefects, 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. He 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. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, qualified as a lawyer in 1984 after the one year mandatory programme at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island,
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
built an enviable legal practice with special interest in litigation, Commercial and Corporate law. In 1996, he established the Law firm
Tayo Jegede & Co. with offices in Yola and Abuja .
Eyitayo Jegede has made many friends and built enduring relationships across the country. 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 had been actively
involved in political cases and election petition matters, an area of law where his industry and practice is well noted and respected.
In 2009, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) was appointed 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 holds 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 holds the 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 midwifed 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
Realising also that there is need to improve on the administration of Criminal Justice in the State, Eyitayo Jegede the Attorney General of
the state worked closely with the office of the Chief Judge of the State to 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 the Criminal Justice System.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has since 2010 been entrusted by his colleagues, the Attorneys General of 36 States in the federation, with
the responsibility of coordinating the activities of the Body of Attorneys General in the states of the Federation as the Chairman.
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.Besides, by the virtue of his office as Attorney General of Ondo State, he had been a member of the Body of Benchers
for seven years. This body is responsible for the call to bar of successful law students.
Mr. Jegede (SAN) served twice as the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association in Yola before coming to Akure to serve. 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 became the Chairman of the same Governing Board. Abti
Academy, is a British styled Secondary School, located in Yola,Adamawa State which has created a niche and standard for itself.
A sports man, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, represented Ondo State as a member of the Volleyball team at the intermediate level during the
various National Sports Festivals at Kaduna in1977, Ibadan in 1979 where he won laurels for the State.
He is a passionate philanthropist and community friendly public officer that identifies with all member of the society. Many acknowledge that he is 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 the Diocese of Yola, Adamawa State.
Mr. Jegede is a team player with a strong sense of character, propelled by the vision to improve on the life of the common man.
He is a very patriotic, loyal and dedicated public officer with friends cutting across all political, ethnic and religious divides. A
man in complete harmony with his people and the environment Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN has a wide and extensive legal practice, both in
the Private and Public Bar having attained the highest distinction in his legal practice. He is a widely traveled man who over the years has
acquired extensive working experience within the country.
Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is a man of impeccable character, a humane and humble technocrat who has selflessly and passionately served his State and affected humanity with a positive difference.
His record of community service is both commendable and enduring. Mr Jegede SAN had periodically sponsored Moot Court trials amongst Universities in the South West, and those from Edo and Kogi State.
This modest support in the Legal Education sector has become a yearly event.
As an active sportsman himself, Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN had consistently sponsored sporting events in Ondo State; the latest of which is the
National Interclub Volleyball competition that held in Akure, Ondo State in December 2015.
Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN had silently assisted various communities in the state in provision of water and electricity. His support for the less
privilege, physically challenged, widows and the elderly had been consistent and impactful.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is a family man with very high family values. He is married to Eno Jegede and both are blessed with four children.