The High Commissioner

Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade His Excellency, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON

Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade, CFR, CON, High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Kingdom assumed duty at the Nigeria High Commission on 9th October, 2017. He is a retired Justice of the Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He was born in Ijebu-Ode in the old Western Nigeria on March 10, 1940. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School between 1953 and 1958. Thereafter he proceeded to Holborn College of Law [University of London], UK (1961-1964); and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1965. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on January 15, 1966. He was in private legal practice for 14 years and was appointed a Judge of the Lagos State High Court in 1980, and then the Court of Appeal in 1988, and in May 19 2004, he was elevated to the highest court of the land, Supreme Court of Nigeria where he served meritoriously till March 10, 2010 having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

Undoubtedly, one of the sharpest legal minds that ever sat on the Higher Bench in Nigeria. In his service on the Bench, he made his mark in the advancement of the nation’s legal system, even at great risk to his person. His many strategic postings included Chairman, Lagos State Armed Robbery & Firearms Tribunal, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu, Ibadan, and Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal in Jos, Lagos, and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He was finally elevated to be Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2004

In the year 2005, Justice Oguntade (rtd) was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), and in 2010 Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

Justice Oguntade (rtd) was President of the Rotary Club of Ogba in 1985. Between 1992 and 1999, he was the Chancellor of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), and since 1992, he remained Chancellor, Anglican Diocese of Lagos till May 2017 when he was appointed as an Ambassador by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a member of the Lagos Motor Boat Club, Island Club, Ikoyi Club, and Yoruba Tennis Club. He is actively interested in church and philanthropic activities.

Ambassador Oguntade is happily married to Modupeola Adewemimo and blessed with children and grand children. He enjoys playing golf.

Important announcement about the issuance and collection of Nigerian Passport

This is to inform the general public that the Nigeria High Commission, London is currently experiencing difficulty in the supply of Nigerian Passport Booklets from Nigeria.
Take note that this affects both 32 and 64 pages Passport Booklets.

This situation is not peculiar to the Nigeria High Commission alone. As a result of this problem, The minimum waiting time for collection of all passport (both 32 and 64 pages) after biometric capture is at least three (3) months.


Applicants whose Nigeria Passports are not ready on the automatic computer generated collection date but in urgent need to travel to Nigeria are advised to choose one of the following options provided they are in possession of a foreign passport that guarantees travelling back to the United Kingdom:

1) Apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate (Gratis).
This can be used to enter Nigeria. However the applicant must use his or her foreign passport to travel back to the United Kingdom. To qualify for this option, applicant must provide the following:
a)Copy of Passport Collection Slip
b) Copy of itinerary journey to Nigeria
c) 2 Recently taken passport-sized photograph
d) Original and photocopy of foreign passport
e) Completed Emergency Travel Certificate form.
Click here to download Emergency Travel Certificate form

2) Apply for a Nigerian Visa
Click here to apply for your Nigerian visa
The visa application is collected by OIS Services Limited, 56-57 Fleet Street, London. EC4Y 1JU. Tel. 0207 832 0001

Take note that this is only a temporary measure. The High Commission will inform the general public on this website as soon as the situation improves.

Click here to check if your passport is ready for collection

Once again we apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Immigration Section
Nigeria High Commission
London.