Alakija appointed new Lagos DPP

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has announced the appointment of Idowu Alakija as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). This follows the recent elevation of the former DPP, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan as a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State.

Mrs. Alakija was born into the renowned family of Akerele of Lagos State on February 24, 1959.

She attended St. Mary Private School, Ajele, Lagos State, Queens College, Onike Yaba, and Lansdowne Tutors London. She completed her Degree in Law, L.L.B. at University of Lagos, Akoka and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984.

She also obtained an L.L.M. degree in Commercial and Corporate Law at Queens Mary & Westfield College University of London in 2000. She has since attended numerous law related courses at several institutions which include International Law Institute, Washington D.C. and Harvard University, Boston amongst others.

She was a consultant to the U.N.D.P, Ghana on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is presently a focal person for Lagos State on the UNODC Judicial Reform Project. She is a member of International Association of Prosecutors and the International Bar Association. She is also an Associate Member of both the Institute of Taxation and the Chartered Institute of Mediators & Conciliators. She was an Awardee of Lagos State Award of Excellence in 2003.

Mrs. Alakija has served Lagos State in several capacities. She was the pioneer Head/ Director Citizens Mediator Centre Lagos State, a position she held before assuming her present position as a Director in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.