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16.12.2023 Featured CJN’s Brother Is Auditor of National Judicial Council. He’s Been Auditing Federal MDAs Since 2012

Published 16th Dec, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye

Adebayo Lateef Ariwoola, a man confirmed by FIJ to be Chief Justice Olukayode Ariwoola’s brother, is the current head of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

As head of the NJC’s audit department, Adebayo serves as one of the council’s deputy directors.

The NJC has Adebayo Ariwoola listed as a deputy director in charge of the council’s audit, but a date of appointment is absent.

What this means is that Adebayo oversees the examination and evaluation of the NJC’s financial statements.

The NJC is meant to make the judiciary work independently of the executive. A financially autonomous judiciary is one of the NJC’s set goals.

While questions of integrity and allegations of nepotism continue to follow news that Ariwoola’s brother occupies such a position, FIJ highlights all that is known about Adebayo.

READ ALSO: FLASHBACK: The Day CJN Ariwoola Ruled That Forfeiture Means Punishment for Crime

Adebayo, like Ariwoola, was born in Iseyin, Oyo State. He was born in 1966. Adebayo holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration (finance) from the University of Ilorin.

He started his accounting career with the Oyo State civil service in 2000 as an accountant II in the pool of the Office of the State Accountant General.

Since then, Adebayo has worked with the state’s ministry of finance, the Muslim wing of the Oyo State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Oyo Teaching Service Commission, Oyo State Ministry of Works, Oyo State Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology and the Office of the Oyo State Accountant General.

he NJC has Adebayo Ariwoola listed as a deputy director in charge of audit

READ ALSO: NJC to Investigate Osun Judge Over Alleged Miscarriage of Justice

In 2012, Adebayo was transferred from the state civil service to the federal civil service. At the federal civil service, Adebayo then occupied positions in the Federal Ministry of Health’s Final Accounts Unit and Other Charges Unit.

Adebayo also worked as head of accounts and finance in the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme between 2014 and 2019, Port Health Department at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. He worked with the Federal Staff Dental Clinic in Abuja.

Adebayo briefly held the office of Deputy Director, Finance and Account, National Industrial Court of the Federal Judicial Service Commission, before taking the auditing role at the NJC.

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Published 16th Dec, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye

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