Adebukola Banjoko

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The Chief Judge
The Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal of Nigeria
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of London
OccupationBarrister, Jurist, Judge

Adebukola Bankole is a Nigerian Chief Judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja that sentenced two Ex-Governors in Nigeria to imprisonment - Joshua Dariye to a 14 years in prisonment after being found guilty of some criminal charges [1] and Jolly Nyame to 28 years imprisonment without an option of fine [2] both on similar charges [3][4][5] in a trail that lasted over a decade.[6][7] President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Justice Adebukola Banjoko as Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), in June 2018 as [8] Adamu Abdu-Kafarati was appointed as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in a letter he wrote to the Senate requesting the confirmation of Mr Abdu-Kafarati’s appointment.[9]

Early life[edit]

Banjoko hails from Ogun State and has a Bachelor in Law from the University of London, where she was between 1982 and 1985. She was at the Nigerian Law School between 1985 and 1986. She practised law for a while before her appointment as a Magistrate in Oyo State where she served between May 1997 and November 2003. She left in 2003 as Chief Magistrate, Administration and in December 2003, she became a judge of the High Court of the FCT.[10]


Adebukola Banjoko excused herself from the trial of former Chairman, House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime, Farouk Lawan and one other in 2014 as she ordered the case file be returned to the court’s Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Bukar. She refused to continue with proceedings in the case despite the withdrawal of an application filed by Lawan, asking her to disqualify herself from the case after the Chief Judge had cleared her of the allegation in a petition as she tags the contents of the petition to be “scandalous and a challenge” on her integrity.[11]

As of 2014, she has spent six years as a magistrate and 11 years as a judge.[12] Presently she is the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Nigeria.[13]


  1. ^ Evelyn, Okakwu. "Why Judge jailed ex-governor Joshua Dariye for misappropriating Plateau funds (DETAILS)". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Eric Ikhilae and Somina Amachree, Eric Ikhilae and Somina Amachree. "Updated: Court sentences ex-Taraba governor to 28 years imprisonment". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ Nseobong Okon-Ekong, Segun James and Shola Oyeyipo, Nseobong Okon-Ekong, Segun James and Shola Oyeyipo. "The Swinging Axe Claims Some Victims". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ Sahara Reporters. "HEDA Asks Judges To Emulate Justice Banjoko By Sending Corrupt Politicians To Jail". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ Sahara Reporters. "Meet The Tough Female Judge Who Jailed Ex-Governor Jolly Nyame". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ The Nation Editorial. "One, two..." Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ Eric, Ikhilae. "A judge at work". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ Temidayo, Akinsunyi. "Buhari Appoints Justice Banjoko Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ Iroanusi, QueenEsther. "Buhari appoints Chief Judge of Federal High Court". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. ^ Eric, Ikhilae. "A judge at work". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  11. ^ Eric, Ikhilae. "$620,000 bribe: Judge excuses herself from Lawan's trial". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. ^ Eric, Ikhilae. "$620,000 bribe: Judge excuses herself from Lawan's trial". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  13. ^ Eric, Ikhilae. "A judge at work". Retrieved 22 June 2018.