(Chief Judge of River State)
Hon. Justice I. A. Iyayi-Lamikanra, DSSRS was born at Ibadan, Oyo State.
His Lordship had her Primary School in Ibadan and Secondary Education
in Lagos. His Lordship obtained her First School Leaving Certificate
(FSLC) in 1966 and the West Africa School Certificate (WASC) in 1972.
She attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 1978
where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B). She attended the
Nigerian Law School between 1978 and 1979. She had her National Youth
Service Corps assignment in Plateau State between 1979 and 1980.
His Lordship had a successful Legal Practice in Edo State where she
worked as a State Counsel, in the Ministry of Justice, Benin City
between 1980 – 1983 and a Legal Officer, Delta Steel Company Limited,
Ovwian-Aladja, 1983 – 1986 before she joined the Rivers State
Judiciary as a Senior Magistrate Grade 1 in 1986, promoted to Chief
Magistrate Grade 11 in 1988 and in 1991 was promoted to Chief
Magistrate Grade 1.
She served in various Magisterial District namely: Port Harcourt,
Elimgbu, Isiokpo, Emohua and as Chief Magistrate, Administration. In
1998, she was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Rivers State.
On the 15th of January 2016, she was sworn in as Acting Chief Judge of
Rivers State. On March 8, 2016, she was sworn in as Chief Judge of
Other positions of responsibility held by His Lordship are Chairman,
Elections petition Tribunal, Nchia and Port Harcourt in 1991; and is
currently, the Chairman, Rivers State Judicial Service Commission.
She has attended several Conferences and Seminars some of which are:
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Conference, Conference on
Multi-Door Court House, 2009 All Nigeria Judge’s Conference,
Abuja, as well as Various Women Judges’ Conferences, Entry Courses,
Associate Memberships of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and
the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference at Cape Town, South Africa, among
His Lordship is married to Oladejo Lamikanra, SAN, and is blessed with
four children and grand-children.