Afenifere leader, Sen Biyi Durojaiye is dead - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Afenifere leader, Sen Biyi Durojaiye is dead


A Fourth Republic Senator on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD) who represented Ogun East from 1999-2003,  Senator Biyi Durojaye , is dead

Our source said Senator Biyi Durojaye died on Monday, in Lagos, after a brief illness. He was aged 88.

Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye was once the Chairman, Board of Commissioners for Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Durojaiye earned a BSc (Economics) London, and an LLB, London. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979, and was a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

He worked for 35 years in the Nigerian public sector, including 28 years as a Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the National Mint.
He worked with the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve System in the U.S.A and the City University London between 1964 and 1982.

Durojaiye was an elected member of the 1988/89 Constituent Assembly.
In 1992 he was said to have run for President of Nigeria on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), losing to M.K.O. Abiola.

Abiola’s subsequent election as president was quashed by General Ibrahim Babangida, leading to a return to military rule. In December 1996 Durojayi was arrested by the military regime of General Sani Abacha, and was imprisoned for 560 days and mistreated while in jail.

A June 1997 report stated the 63-year-old lawyer was reportedly in poor health and suffering from high blood pressure caused by his treatment. Amnesty International designated him a prisoner of conscience and campaigned for his release.

While at the Senate from 1999-2003, he was appointed Chairman, Committees on Judiciary, Establishment (Chairman) and Special Projects.

In December 2002 he recommended a life jail-term for anyone who perpetrated election fraud.


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