Fallen Legal Heroes: Chief Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe, 1969 – 2020

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Chief Magistrate (Mrs.) Abimbola Oluseye Aoko-Komolafe was born on Monday, 10th day of March 1969 to the Family of Late Otunba Solomon Olusesan Aoko and Chief (Mrs.) Bolanle Aoko in Ilesa, Oyo State (Now Osun State).

Abimbola commenced her Primary School Education at Government Teachers’ Training College (G.T.T.C) Primary School, Ilesa, Osun State from 1974 to 1979 where she obtained her Primary School Leaving Certificate. She thereafter proceeded to Methodist High School, Ilesa, Osun State and attained her West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSCE) ‘O’ levels. Subsequent to her graduation from the High School, she proceeded to the Oyo State College of Art & Science (OSCAS), (now known as Osun State College of Art & Science), Ile –Ife, Osun State where she obtained her ‘A’ levels Certificates in 1987.

Bimbo, as she is fondly called by all, proceeded to the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos in 1987 where she studied History till she got to Part IV.



Abimbola, in her determination to fulfil her dream of studying Law, left the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos despite being in her final year to accept the admission offered by the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State (Popularly called “Great Ife”) to study Law in 1991 and obtained her Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) (Hons.) degree in 1994 which was the springboard to her chosen career path in life – The Bench. She immediately progressed to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island,  Lagos where she obtained her Barrister at Laws (B.L) (Hons.) degree and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995.

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Upon her Call to Bar, she had a brief stint as a Junior Counsel in the Law Firm of Akinwunmi Oyewo & Co in 1995 and thereafter proceeded for her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at AfriBank Nig. Plc (Now Polaris Bank Plc) (Regional Office) as a Legal Officer in the Legal Department which she rounded up in 1996. She subsequently proceeded to Access Bank Nigeria Plc as a Legal Officer where she worked till 1999. She was appointed into the Lagos State Judiciary on the 10th day of November 1999 as Magistrate Grade II and obtained series of promotion in the course of her duty and rose to the grade of Chief Magistrate I, the highest Magistracy cadre in Nigeria. As a staff of the Lagos State Judiciary, Abimbola served in various Courts and Divisions such as Court 3 Ikeja, Court 10 Ikeja, Court 5 Tinubu, Court 6 Ebute Metta, Court 3 Isolo, Court 9 Ikeja, Court 2 Ikeja, Court 3 Igbosere, Court 6  Ebute Metta and Court 1, Tinubu, Lagos where she served till her demise.

Chief Magistrate Abimbola Komolafe attended various trainings and workshops within and outside the shores of Nigeria, which include but are not limited to the following: Magistracy: New Awakening, Dec. 1st – 3rd 2000; National Working For Judicial Librarians          , Sep. 3rd 2001; Revision Of Civil Procedure Rules, Sep. 10th – 13th 2002; Training Seminar For All Magistrates In Lagos State, April 15th& 16th 2003; Reforms Of Criminal Justice System (iii), June 16th – 17th 2004; A Series Of Continued Education For Magistrate – Ranging From Legal Issues To Computer, The Magistracy In The 21st Century The Way Forward, March 28th&29th 2006; National Convention (The Challenges Of The Magistracy In An Emerging Economy), November 2006; Handling Criminal Cases (The Nigeria Magistrate); National Judicial College, Nevada, USA, May 2007; Magistracy & Justice Sector Reform, 13th November 2007; Lagos State Criminal Law Case Tracking System (DFID In Collaboration With British Council), 22nd November, 2007; Interactive Workshop On Administrative Of Criminal Justice Law; 3rd June, 2008; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Restorative Justice, For Judicial Officers & Traditional Rulers, 13th July 2008; Computer Appreciation Program, 12th September 2008; Forensic Workshop Series 1 “Crime Scene Management”, 30th September, 2009; Enhancing Judicial Integrity Through The Code Of Conduct For Judicial Officers, 5th July, 2010; Training Workshop For Social Workers And Magistrates For The Implementation Of Community Service Orders In Lagos State, 9th December, 2010; Seminar For Magistrate By United Nations (UN), 23rd&24th Nov. 2010; Negotiation Skills For Lawyers, 7th July, 2011; Effective Implementation Of Justice Reform In Lagos State, 30th September, 2011; Alternative Dispute Resolution For Magistrates, 31st May, 2016; Workshop On Labour Law And Employment Policies, January 2016; Workshop For The Magistracy On The Effective Implementation Of Lagos State Government Administrative Of Criminal Justice Law 2011 – “Towards The Abolition Of The Death Penalty In Nigeria”, 17th June, 2017. 

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She was appointed to various tribunals and held administrative positions in the Lagos State judiciary. They included her appointment as Chairman, Rent Tribunal, AmuwoOdofin II, 2001; Acting Administrative Chief Magistrate, Tinubu Magisterial District, 2001; Chairman, Rent Tribunal, Lagos Mainland II, 2002; Chairman Rent Tribunal, Oshodi/Isolo, 2003; Member, Lagos State Judiciary Annual Report Committee, 2004-2008; Revenue Magistrate, 2016 – 2018. 

She attended the Celestial Church of Christ, Horeb Cathedral, Ikeja II where she devotedly served God, with all her resources till her demise. She was loved by all and greatly impacted lives.

Late Chief Magistrate Abimbola Oluseye Aoko-Komolafe passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, the 18th day of August, 2020.

She is survived by her Husband, Children, Mother, Sisters, Brothers, Uncles and Aunties.

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