On January 21, 1960, Adeniyi Michael Akintola often called Niyi Akintola, SAN was born in the ancient city of Ibadan Nigeria. Adeniyi Michael Akintola attended I.D.C. Primary School Seni Village, via Omi, Adio Ogunsami Primary School, Ogunsami & Ebenezer African Church Primary School Salvation Army Road, Ibadan.
He later attended Nigeria Army School of Education Ilorin, Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta, the University of Ibadan and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
Adeniyi Michael Akintola, SAN holds amongst others – MSC (Pol. Sc), LL.B (Hons.) BL, U.K, FCIArb, U.K, FCIArb.
A man born to fly despite his limiting background, Akintola, SAN armed with a will made of steel distinguished himself as a scholar of note when he became a celebrity in 1981 at the Ogun State Polytechnic, where he did the almost impossible of making an A, B, A. at his H.S.C and an A, B, A. at the University Cambridge Advanced Level Exams even though he was without the privilege of a conventional school education.
Taking his destiny in his hands, he taught briefly at Mac-Job Grammar School Abeokuta between 79-81 to garner financial resources to train himself up to the University level, until his final year in 1984 when Chief Toye Ogunyemi, his adopted father and mentor had to come to his aid and assisted in getting him a scholarship to go to the Law School, Lagos through an Ibadan Social Club, the Lagelu Sixteen under the distinguished leadership of Alhaji Tunji Bello of blessed memory. He came out brilliantly at the Law School.
For a man who couldn’t afford N4.00 to pay for his photograph on his graduation day, who could not afford the Wig and Gown to practice with, for 13 months to have made it up meritoriously to the Zenith of his career by his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria at a relatively young age of 41 years calls for a cheering ovation.
Adeniyi Akintola, SAN is a counsel/legal consultant to various multinational companies and wholly owned Nigerian companies including some government parastatals, banks, oil and gas companies, construction and manufacturing companies.
Akintola, SAN was a lead counsel in the celebrated case of Inakoju V. Adeleke, a novel case in the history of Nigerian Legal Jurisprudence.
Akintola, in that case, believed that the law should be used as an instrument of social engineering and a tool of change to better the lot of the society. Even when some of his colleagues and senior members of the Bar believed that he was hitting his head against a sine wall by challenging the impeachment of Chief Ladoja in court, Akintola cleverly changed the mode of such challenge. He decided to use the legislators to sue themselves and making the Speaker of the House of Assembly the arrow head of the challenge.
The approach of Akintola SAN on impeachment proceedings has now become the reference point and the universally accepted method as was evident in the subsequent impeachment proceedings in Plateau, Ekiti and Bayelsa states to mention but a few.
A trailblazer of a sort, Akintola, SAN had courageously fought many legal battles, especially against despotic and dictatorial governments. For example in 2001 he against pressure from his friends and family members took up the controversial case of Ilero Chieftaincy stool on behalf of Alaafin of Oyo. That was the case that was fought with all means available to the contending parties. The government of Oyo State had insisted on imposing a candidate of its choice against the wishes of the king makers and the Alaafin of Oyo who is the prescribed authority.
Akintola’s star witness, Deacon Jokanola was murdered in cold blood the very day he concluded his evidence.
Akintola still went ahead, in spite of the intimidation, to call other witnesses, won the case and got his client installed as the Onilero of Ilero to the glory of God.
His recent exploit in the controversial case of Dr Joshua Akintaro against the Oyo State Government readily comes to mind. A man of unparalleled courage, Akintola fought the tyrannical government of the day from the High Court to the Appellate Court and obtained 13 (thirteen) different judgements and orders in favour of his client all of which the then government of Oyo State refused to obey. Akintola pursued this case to a logical conclusion until his client was installed as the elected Chairman of Ibarapa East Local Government Council.
The exploits of Adeniyi Akintola, SAN in Edo State is still vibrating across the length and breadth of Nigeria. Akintola not only counted ballot papers used and unused during the election, he also sorted them out into signed and unsigned, stamped and unstamped etc. His approach has now become the accepted norms before all the election Tribunals across the country.
Akintola has alongside some of his colleagues who are handling constitutional/electoral cases changed the face of the Nigerian constitution of 1999 through judicial pronouncements.
The Constitution of Nigeria was amended recently. No thanks to the exploits of the brightest minds of the legal profession who have jointly and severally made this possible to the glory of God and humanity.
Adeniyi is a very versatile personality. He was an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Ibadan where he taught the MSC Election Management and Strategic studies. He was appointed a partner with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of London Marriot West India Quay, London in 2008 and was a Manager at the ADR seminar of 2008 in the United Kingdom.
Niyi, as he is called by his numerous friends, is a strong advocate of the philosophy that privileged citizens have a duty to give back to the society that produced them. And he practices his own sermon through numerous private philanthropic gestures on a daily basis.
On his 50th birthday in 2010, he awarded scholarships t0 50 indigent students of higher institutions of learning. He singlehandedly built a cottage hospital for his people in Omi-Adio, Ibadan and donated same to the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Evidence of the recognition of his community values will be found in the array of Chieftaincy titles with which he has been honoured in Ibadan land, Saki and Owerri.
Adeniyi has served his fatherland Nigeria and the Legal Profession in various capacities amongst which are:
- Member Oyo State House of Assembly
- The Right Hon. Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly – 1992
- Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Public Petitions & Judiciary, Oyo State 92-93
- Member Presidential Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.
- Appointed counsel to the Federal Government on the Judicial Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe NIGERDOCK N81 billion fraud.
- Member – Presidential Visitation Panel to FUTA, 1999 – 2000
- Member – Body of Benchers – The highest governing body of the legal profession.
- Director, Nigerian – Re Insurance PLC
- Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan
- Member – Disciplinary Committee of the NBA, 1998 till date.
- Fellow, London Court of International Arbitration (FLCIA)
- Past Vice Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan branch.
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K. (FCIArb)
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria (FCIArb)
- Member – Nigerian Bar Association
- Member – African Bar Association
- Member – International Bar Association
- Life Bencher – Became the youngest ever Bencher in Nigeria at the age of 50 years.
Adeniyi is also an accomplished human right activist, a thorn in the flesh of dictators and feudal lords (military and civilian alike); An incorruptible fellow who exposed the N50m fraud at FUTA, who single-handedly wrote a minority report on Resource Control for the 1999 Presidential Committee on the Review of the constitution, thwarted the efforts of those who always want to live solely on the government, by paying unholy visits to foreign countries at the expense of PCRC, rejected a gift of land allotment by the Federal Government at Abuja in 1992, as it was tainted with corruption.
He is a counsel to very many statutory bodies and multi-national companies, with 5 (five) fully functional chambers in Ibadan (Divine Favour Plaza, 112, Fajuyi Road, Adamasingba, Secretariat, Ibadan); Lagos (12b, Chris Efunyemi Onanuga Street, Off Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1, Off Omorinre Johnson, Lagos); Abuja (6th floor, Nigerian Re-Insurance House, beside NNPC & Unity Bank-Headquarters, Central Business District, Abuja); Port Harcourt (No. 25 Eligham Road, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State) and London (Akintola & Olopade & Co., Flourish Solicitors, 82, Great Eastern Street, Old Street, ECZA, 3JF, London).
He speaks 3 (three) major Nigerian Languages fluently and is at home in any part of the country.
He got married to Boyede Akintola, in 1988, herself a humble, amiable, beautiful, dutiful, hardworking and loving wife & mother who is a Judge of the High Court of Oyo State.
He remains a humble, pleasant, unassuming and unobtrusive person. He enjoys reading, playing golf and watching football.