Foremost lawyer, Chief Olatunji Ayanlaja SAN is dead. There are strong indications that the senior lawyer died today.
According to a report by City Lawyer, the deceased was said to have been receiving medical attention lately.
Announcing the passing of the senior advocate, the Secretary of the Yoruba Tennis Club, Mr. Gbolahan Dixon wrote:
On behalf of the Chairman of Yoruba Tennis Club, Bro. Chief Euzebio Babajide Damazio, We regret to announce the demise of:
Bro. Olatunji Ayanlaja, SAN
Aged : 77 years
Membership No : 1238
Initiated: December, 1996
Died : Tuesday, 26th July, 2022
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Bro Gbolahan Dixon
Hon General Secretary
A close associate of the senior lawyer and Treasurer of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Ms. Funmi Adeogun also confirmed his passing, saying, “Indeed, he is no more. I am still in shock.”
According to a profile of the deceased in “Nigeria’s Top 100 Lawyers” compendium, Ayanlaja received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1972. He clocked 50 years at the Bar this year.
Prior to his call to Bar, Ayanlaja was attached to the law office of Chief G. O. K. Ajayi SAN in his quest to acquire legal skills. “He would later confess that this tutelage gave him a lot of leverage when he eventually commenced his illustrious legal career,” the author of the compendium noted.
He was elevated to the Inner Bar in 1995 and formed a partnership known as Ayanlaja, Adesanya & Co. According to “Nigeria’s Top 100 Lawyers” compendium, “Always eager to celebrate Ajayi’s uncommon mentorship, Ayanlaja would ultimately say that Ajayi taught him three virtues of a successful lawyer, namely good dress sense, punctuality and excellent presentation and advocacy skills.”
He added that Ajayi “also admonished me to pass the message to other colleagues in chamber and to relate this to new entrants into the profession in order for them to inherit and benefit from this message of G. O. K. Ajayi (SAN).”