An Okemesi Ekiti born renowned Justice Sector Reform Lawyer and Former Attorney -General of Ekiti State Olawale Fapohunda has been appointed by Governor of Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi today 25th of October, 2018 as the Attorney- General of Ekiti State.
Before his appointment was Managing Partner, Legal Resources Consortium, a Public Interest Law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Fapohunda a renowned human rights lawyer and one of Nigeria’s leading expert in justice sector reform.
He is the Vice – Chairman, Federal Government Panel on the Implementation of Justice Sector Reforms, he was a serving two-time Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission.
He is currently Vice- Chairman, National Committee for the Prevention of Torture. He is also the Chairman of Nigerian Military Human Rights Dialogue. It is to his credit that the Nigerian Army established human rights desks in all its formations in Nigeria. He has the distinct credential of serving on the Justice Sector Reform team of every Attorney- General and Minister of Justice in Nigeria since 1999.
He drafted and played a key role in the advocacy of several justice sector reform bills including the National Human Rights Commission Act Amendment Bill, the Legal Aid Council Act Amendment Bill, the Prisons Act Amendment Bill, the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill and the Bill for the Prevention of Torture.
Under his previous tenure as Attorney- General of Ekiti State Ekiti State became the first state in Nigeria to open a register of sex offenders and the second state in Nigeria to pass the administration of criminal justice law.
Fapohunda drafted the Nigeria’s National Action Plan on Human Rights which is the basis for the evaluation of Nigeria’s human rights record especially at the United Nations.
He is acknowledged to have supervised the first comprehensive audit of the all the 234 Prison facilities in Nigeria.
He was Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Justice Sector Reform Committee he is two time recipient of the NBA Presidents Bar Excellence Award. He is presently the General Secretary of West African Bar Association and a member of the International Bar Association.
Fapohunda has served as Deputy Secretary- General of the UK Based Penal Reform International. He is the facilitator of the African NGOs Initiative to the United Nations Human Rights Council.