Oyo State High Court Judge Adegboye Gbolagunte dies at 64

The late Justice Adegboye Gbolagunte

Justice Adegboye Gbolagunte, a respected judge of the Oyo State High Court, has passed away at the age of 64. 

According to a statement by his eldest son Oladiran, Justice Gbolagunte died on Monday, June 24, 2024 during a brief illness in a hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. 

Gbolagunte had served as a High Court judge in Oyo State since his appointment on January 4, 2006. His death has been met with an outpouring of condolences from the Oyo State judiciary and legal community.

According to the statement issued by the son, Justice Gbolagunte, who was born on December 10, 1959, left behind his wife, Wuraola; son, Oladiran, a Digital Technologist with specialisation in Network Communications; a daughter, Oladoyin, a lawyer and an accountant; and another son, Oladotun, also a lawyer.

Tthe family called for prayers for the repose of the soul of their father, who also has four grandchildren.

The statement also appreciated those who have paid condolence visits to the family, first among who was the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Iyabo Subulade Yerima.

The wife of the deceased was on hand to receive Justice Yerima at the home of the Gbolaguntes.

The Publisher of The Eagle Online, Dotun Oladipo, who is the younger brother of Wuraola Gbolagunte, was present when the Chief Judge visited.

A condolence register has since been opened at the home of the Gbolaguntes and at the headquarters of the Oyo State Judiciary in Ibadan.

Before he joined the bench, Justice Gbolagunte started out as a journalist, having studied Mass Communication at the University of Lagos.

After getting his degree in Law, from the University of Ibadan, he continued with lecturing at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State and practiced as a lawyer both in Lagos and Oyo States.

His family played a huge role in the siting of a campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, in Eruwa, where they hail from.

His father, Chief Davidson Mokolade Gbolagunte, a former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly in the defunct Second Republic, was instrumental in this.

Late Justice Gbolagunte also lectured law and law related courses at The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos; and Radio Nigeria Training School, Sogunle, Lagos State, at different times before 1995.
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