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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

New Nigerian High Commissioner To The United Kingdom Retired Supreme Court Judge George Adesola Oguntade Received By Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.At The Buckingham Palace

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New Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Retired Supreme Court Judge Oguntade and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.



Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, today held an audience and received a Letter of Credence from Nigeria's new High Commissioner to the UK, retired Supreme Court Judge Mr. George Adesola Oguntade at Buckingham Palace, London.

Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom assumed duty at the Nigeria High Commission on 9th October, 2017. He is a retired Justice of the Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The ambassador is the first substantive High Commissioner since Dr Tafida Dalhatu was finished his tour of duty in 2015. In the past 2 years, the UK has had 2 acting Nigerian High Commissioners at the court of St James. Ambassador Kunle Bamgbose was the acting High Commissioner before he handed to Simon Ogah also in an acting capacity till he was recalled earlier this year.


He was born in Ijebu-Ode in the old Western Nigeria on March 10, 1940. He attended Ijebu-
Ode Grammar School between 1953 and 1958. Thereafter he proceeded to Holborn College of Law [University of London], UK (1961-1964); and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1965. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on January 15, 1966. 


He was in private legal practice for 14 years and was appointed a Judge of the Lagos State High Court in 1980, and then the Court of Appeal in 1988, and in May 19 2004, he was elevated to the highest court of the land, Supreme Court of Nigeria where he served meritoriously till March 10, 2010 having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

Undoubtedly, one of the sharpest legal minds that ever sat on the Higher Bench in Nigeria. In his service on the Bench, he made his mark in the advancement of the nation’s legal system, even at great risk to his person. His many strategic postings included Chairman, Lagos State Armed Robbery & Firearms Tribunal, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, Ibadan, and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal in Jos, Lagos, and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 
He was finally elevated to be Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2004
In the year 2005, Justice Oguntade (rtd) was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2010 Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

Justice Oguntade (rtd) was President of the Rotary Club of Ogba in 1985. Between 1992 and 1999, he was the Chancellor of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), and since 1992, he remained Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Lagos till May 2017 when he was appointed as an Ambassador by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a member of the Lagos Motor Boat Club, Island Club, Ikoyi Club, and Yoruba Tennis Club. He is actively interested in church and philanthropic activities.

Ambassador Oguntade is happily married to Modupeola Adewemimo and blessed with children and grand children. He enjoys playing golf.



Today at Buckingham Palace, The Queen received and held an audience with the High Commissioner from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mr George Adesola Oguntade.

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