Hon. Justice Ayotunde Adeyoola Phillips (Nee Williams) was born on the 26th day of July 1949 in London, England, United Kingdom to Hon. Justice James Oladipo Williams and Mrs. Henrietta Aina Williams, both now of blessed memory. Her late father was a High Court Judge, which makes her a second generation Judge.
She gained admission into the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba following the advice of her father to study law. She graduated with LLB (Honours) in June 1973. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974 and spent her compulsory National Youth Service Corps year in the then East Central State of Nigeria.
Her working career began when she served as a junior counsel in the Chambers of the late Kehinde Sofola, SAN in 1975. A year later, she was employed as a Legal Officer with the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), where she rose through the ranks to the position of Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Corporation.
In 1990, she transferred her service to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice where she held the positions of Director of Commercial Law and Director of Civil Litigation before her elevation to the position of a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State in February 1994.
Her Ladyship held several judicial positions during her career on the Bench such as the Chairman, Panel of Enquiry into the sale of the Lagos State Government Shares in Eko Hotels Ltd ( 1999 ); Member, Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Rule of Law Assistance Project hosted by the National Centre for State Courts, Washington DC and USAID ( June 2000-2004 ); Member, Election Petitions Tribunal, Rivers State ( September 2000 - April 2001); Member, Election Petitions Tribunal, Adamawa State ( November 2001 – March 2002 ); Probate Judge ( 2001-2004); Administrative Judge, Ikeja Judicial Division ( March 2009 - April 2010 ); Chairman, Welfare Committee, High Court of Lagos State (2004-2009); Head Judge, High Court of Lagos State ( April 2010 - June 2012 ); Chairman, Lagos Settlement Week ( September 2010 to June 2012).
On 14th June 2012, she was sworn in as the 14th Chief Judge and 4th female Chief Judge of Lagos State. Her Ladyship retired from the High Court Bench on the 26th of July 2014 upon the attainment of the statutory retirement age of 65 years. She had by then served the Lagos State Government for 38 years out of which 20 years were spent on the High Court Bench.
Justice Phillips is a member of Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), International Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA), International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Nigerian Association of Women Judges (NAWJN), World Jurists Association (WJA), Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA), Ladies Roundtable (Social Club), Guild of Stewards, Diocese of Lagos West. She is currently the Legal Adviser to the Ikeja Archdeaconry, Diocese of Lagos West, Ikeja, Lagos and also the Deputy Chancellor, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Lagos West, Ikeja, Lagos State.
She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; Country Chair of the Nigerian Conflict and Management Group; Member, Board of Trustees, Association of Multi-Door Courthouses of Nigeria and Member of the Board of Directors of Lagos Court of Arbitration.
On the 29th June 2016, she was sworn in as the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC)
Apart from her love for law, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips enjoys singing, reading, cooking, listening to good music, dancing, watching movies and travelling. She also has a passion for gadgets and loves exploring the beauty of modern day technology.
She is happily married to Folorunso Modupe Phillips and the marriage is blessed with children and grandchildren.
Hon. Deoye Ogundipe started his working career with the Lagos State Government, but later worked with reputable private sector organizations. He, however, returned to the service of the State Government where he retired meritoriously as Permanent Secretary.
He is widely travelled and adequately exposed to International and local seminars and conferences.
Hon. Olalekan Saheed Mabinuori is a graduate of Political Science from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Ibadan and also holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the Lagos State University (LASU). Hon. Mabinuori was appointed as Chairman, Committee on the Removal of Disused and Abandoned Vehicles in Lagos State in year 2003.
In recognition of his dynamism, hardwork and dedication to duty he was appointed as a member of the Commission in 2007. He has attended several professional, management, communication and diplomacy workshops and also observed the U.K. election in May, 2010. He is a member of Election Stakeholders’ Network (ESU), United Kingdom.
Mr. Lateef Oludare Raji attended Irekari Grammar School, Idoani, between 1974 and 1978. He also attended New Church High School, Owo, Ondo State in 1978 and obtained his Ordinary Level School Certificate in 1980. Mr. Raji graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Lagos in 1997 and also a Master’s degree in the same course from the same University in year 2000. Between 1996 and year 2000, he worked as an Editor with Ahrada West African Publishing Ltd. and was later elevated to the post of the Editor- in – Chief of the company in which capacity he worked between year 2000 and 2003.
He also served as Nigeria’s representative at the World Education Resources Centre, United Kingdom between 2003 and 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Raji was the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Thrazel Nigerian Ltd. A member of many societies and associations, Mr. Raji has written and published many articles on a variety of subjects. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos.
Chief ( Mrs.) Sekinat Toyin Ibrahim- Famakinwa was born in Lagos on April 8,1959. She attended Zumratul Islamiyyah School, Araromi, Ajegunle Apapa between 1963 and 1969 for her primary school education. She also attended Jubril Martins Ahmadiyah Grammar School, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos between 1970 and 1975 and Timi- Agbale Grammar School, Ede, Osun State for her secondary school education. For her tertiary education, Chief ( Mrs.) Toyin Ibrahim- Famakinwa attended Miami-Dade Community College between 1977 and 1981 and also Charon- Williams College, both in Miami, Florida, United States. Between 1979 and 1983, she worked as a Flight Announcer at Eastern Airlines, Miami, Florida, United States.
A player in the entertainment and tourism sectors, Chief ( Mrs. ) Ibrahim – Famakinwa has, at different periods, worked as an actress with the Nigerian Television Authority ( NTA ), Victoria Island, Lagos, Sunny Production, Palm Avenue, Ladipo, Oshodi and Mainframe Production, Oshodi between 1987 and 2009. She also served as a Sales and Administration Coordinator at Barclay Travels, Allen Avenue, Ikeja and also as Hotel Manager at Winnis International Hotel, Surulere. Chief ( Mrs.) Ibrahim- Famakinwa is a member of the Hotel and Institutional Management Association, Miami, Florida, United States. A widow of the late Hon. Justice Victor Babatunde Famakinwa, Chief ( Mrs. ) Famakinwa is also actively involved in community development.
Born on January 11, 1961, Dr. Olubunmi Omobamidele Omoseyindemi attended Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta between 1973 and 1977 for his Secondary School Certificate. He also studied at the Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Ode for his Higher School Certificate between 1977 and 1979.
Dr. Omoseyindemi obtained his M.B.B.S. from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 1985 and between 1996 and 1977, he also attended the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan where he obtained a Master’s degree in African Studies with emphasis on Ethno Medicine. Dr. Omoseyindemi also attended a short course in Anthropological Perspective on Global Health between January and March, 2014.
He worked as a Medical Officer at the General Hospital, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies between 1985 and 1987 and also served in the same capacity at St. Luke Hospital, Lagos between 1989 and 1991. He also served as Medical Director of Global Medical Centre between 1992 and 1996. Dr. Omoseyindemi became a Consultant to the Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology from 1998 to 2000 and within the same period, served as a lecturer in Herbal/ Ethno Medicine. A thoroughbred medical practitioner, Dr. Omoseyindemi was the Chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board between 2001 and 2015. He is also a member of several professional and strategic committees on health such as:
The West African Health Organisation ( WAHO ) Experts Committee on Traditional Medicine (2011 till date ). The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) Member, Experts’ Committee on Traditional Medicine (2012 till date ). Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board ( 2009 – 2015 ). The Lagos State Core Group on Ebola ( 2014 till date ). Chief Coordinator, Lagos State Health Volunteers Scheme ( LSHVS ) among a host of others.
In the course of his medical career, Dr. Omoseyindemi has attended a number of conferences and seminars both locally and internationally. He has also written and published several articles and presented several papers on a wide range of subjects relating to his profession. A member of several social clubs and associations, Dr. Omoseyindemi has received quite a number of awards from diverse organisations in recognition of his contributions to medicine and community development.
Mr. Olusegun Fasu Ayedun was born in Aiyetoro, Owena, Ondo State on 15th February, 1956. He had his primary school education at St. Saviour’s Anglican Primary School, Aiyetoro, Owena, Ondo State between 1964 and 1969. He also attended the Lagos State College of Education, Otto, Ijanikin between 1980 and 1983 for his National Certificate of Education, specializing in Economics/ Mathematics.
Mr. Ayedun later attended the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Science ( honours degree ) in Mathematics in 1995.