EYO OLAGOKE EKPO
Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and educated at the Universities of Calabar and
Lagos, Nigeria where he took Bachelors (1986) and Masters (1990) degrees respectively
Eyo has appeared in numerous commercial litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters
before various arbitration tribunals and the superior courts of record in Nigeria,
especially the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
In the past few years, Eyo has focused on specialising in the laws and policy relating
to telecommunications, information technology and broadcasting. He has distinguished
himself as one of the pioneers of telecommunications law and practice in Nigeria.
Work recently undertaken by Mr. Ekpo includes developing and implementing plans for
the setting up of major telecoms services in Nigeria; negotiating and drafting
shareholders, equipment supply and financing agreements; consulting with technical
experts and drafting business plans and interfacing with the relevant regulatory
agencies for various telecoms ventures.
Eyo leads the firm's provision of advice to the Association of Telecommunications
Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) on various legal, policy and commercial issues affecting
ATCON and its members. He is also a consultant to the ITU and is a regular speaker
on regulatory and international trade, legal and commercial issues in the communications
He has extensively researched and studied trends in privatisation, infrastructure
law, policy regulation and operations, including international telecoms trade and
investment issues; and has written extensively and made presentations on telecoms
and other issues relating to infrastructure at local and international fora.
He is a member of the Telecommunications Lawyers Association of Nigeria, the Committees
on Communications and Space Law of the Section on Business Law of the International
Bar Association. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the African
Telecommunications Think Tank (ATTT). Eyo Ekpo initially took a leave of absence
to head the Power Sector Reform Team responsible for handling the privatisation of
the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) at the Bureau of Public Enterprises,
Abuja, the Federal Government Privatisation Agency. Thereafter, he moved over to
the Oil and Gas Privatisation Team. He has recently been appointed Attorney-General
and Commissioner of Justice in Cross River State, one of the nine oil producing States
Practice Areas: Company and Commercial Law, Communications Law and Policy,
Competition and Project Financing.