Yoruba Elders Council President, Sofola Buried In Ikenne Remo Amidst Tears

Senior lawyer and President, Yoruba Council of Elders(YCE), Chief Idowu Sofola, MON, SAN was on Saturday buried in his home town, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Chief Sofola died on Friday evening in his Lagos home.

He was 84. He was a prominent Nigerian jurist, Bencher and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

The late Chief Sofola took over from retired Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, who passed on in 2017.

Chief Sofola

Sofola, who was born on Sept. 29, 1934, was the first black to be appointed the Secretary of the International Bar Association.


He was called to the English Bar at Middle Temple Inn of Court, London on July 17, 1962 and enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria on July 30, 1962.

Gov. Ibikunle Amosu with the wife of the deceased

He immediately commenced legal practice and has been in active legal practice since then.

He was in 1989 elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the equivalent of the English Queen’s Counsel.

The hearse that brought the remains of Chief Sofola to his home at Ikenne

Late Chief Sofola was also a prominent member of the Ikenne Social Circle and the Obara Ruling House for the Alakenne Royalty.

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