Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria


Justice Kayode Ariwoola, was born on August 22, 1954. He started his educational career in his hometown Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1966. He was in the Muslim Modern School in the same town between 1967 and 1969 before proceeding to Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Saki in Oyo North of Oyo State.

He studied law at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, and bagged his bachelor of laws degree with honors in July 1980. In July 1981, Ariwoola was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate soon thereafter.

Ariwoola was a State Counsel on National Youth Service (NYSC) at the Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State, and later as Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice of his home state Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the official bar of the State Civil Service for private practice.

He worked as Counsel in Chambers of Chief Ladosu Ladapo, SAN between October 1988 and July 1989 when he established Olukayode Ariwoola & Co – a firm of Legal Practitioners and Consultants in Oyo town in August 1989 from where he was appointed in November 1992 as a Judge of Oyo State Judiciary.

Justice Ariwoola served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Phonex Motors Ltd – one of Oodua Investment conglomerates between 1989 and 1992. Chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State between May 1993 and September 1996 when he was posted out of the headquarters, Ibadan to Saki High Court. His Lordship served on the Election Tribunals in Zamfara and Enugu States in 1999. On Election Appeal Courts in Port-Harcourt, Enugu, Benin, Yola, and Ilorin at various times.

He was a Justice of the Court of Appeal between 2005 and 2011 after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State. He was first appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of record in Oyo State in 1992 from private legal practice.

Before his elevation to the Supreme Court, he served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu, and Lagos Divisions. He is also a fellow of the International Dispute Resolution Institute (FIDRI) having been inducted in Dubai, U.A.E in 2014.

He has attended many International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK, and Dubai, UAE.

Ariwoola is happily married with children and he loves reading, listening to good music, photography and shopping.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday 27th June 2022 swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

His promotion comes after erstwhile Chief Justice, Tanko Mohammed resigned, citing ill-health.