President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the
appointment of Mr. Rahman Adeola Ipaye as Deputy
Chief of Staff and Mr. Laolu Akande as Senior Special
Assistant (Media & Publicity) in the Presidency.
The two new appointees will work in the Office of the
Vice President.
Mr. Ipaye is the immediate past Attorney General of
Lagos State.
He studied at the University of Lagos where he
graduated with B.A. (Hons) Degree (History) in 1984;
LL.B. Hons (1988) and LL.M. (1991). He is a Fellow of
the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators respectively.
Before his appointment as Attorney General and
Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ipaye was employed as
a lecturer in the Department of Commercial and
Industrial Law, University of Lagos (1992 to 2001);
Special Assistant (Legal Matters) to the Governor of
Lagos State (2001 to 2007); and Special Adviser
(Taxation and Revenue) to the Governor of Lagos State
and member of the State Executive Council (2007 to
Mr. Laolu Akande graduated from the University of
Ibadan in 1990 with an honours degree in History and
a Masters degree in Communication & Language Arts
in 1992.
He became a Staff Reporter of the Guardian newspaper
in 1990 while still serving under the National Youth
Service Corps. He left The Guardian to join the
foundation team of The News Magazine in 1993,
where he became Senior Writer. In 1997, he was
appointed by Nigerian Tribune as editor of the Tribune
on Saturday, a position he held until he moved to the
United States of America in 1998.
In the United States, he worked as a journalist with the
Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Newsday. He also
served at the United Nations as a Press Officer and
later as an Advocacy and Communication Consultant.
He was also the Bureau Chief of The Guardian in North
America and the Executive Director of the Christian
Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN.
Mr. Akande taught at the State University of New York
at Stonybrook and also Suffolk County Community
College in Long Island, New York between 2002 and
Ipaye and Akande have been working with Vice
President Osinbajo since the inception of the present


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