The remains of the Vice-chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi (SAN) will be laid to rest today in Ilorin, Kwara State in accordance with Islamic rites. The burial is scheduled to take place in the evening after Asr prayers.
Prof Akanbi died on Sunday after a protracted illness. He will be buried at the compound of his father, the late jurist, and former Chairman, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi. The late professor was the first son of the late jurist.
The late Prof Akanbi joined the services of the University of Ilorin in 1998 as lecturer II and was appointed professor of law in the Department of Business Law in 2012. An alumnus of the prestigious Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom, Akanbi served as legal assistant in the legal unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lagos State, during his national service year.
He boasted of over twenty years’ experience as an academic in the University of Ilorin, during which he also held several administrative positions.
Akanbi had over 60 national and international publications in reputable peer-review journals with a bias in alternative dispute resolution and arbitration law. His other research areas include conflict resolution laws, corporate management law and practice.
The university don was a member of the technical working committee 2013 on “An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violation of the Rights to Participation in Government and Fair Trial through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2003 – 2011,” commissioned by the National Human Right Commission, Abuja, OSIWA and the Ford Foundation.
Akanbi was also a consultant/member of the technical working committee 2012, on a research on the legal framework on citizenship and religion as it affects national integration in Nigeria commissioned by the International Development Law Organisation, Rome, Italy.
He also served as chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch between 2007 and 2009.
Meanwhile, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as painful and shocking the death of the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN.
“We submit to the decree of Allah who gives and takes. It is against that backdrop that we mourn the Vice Chancellor who answered Allah’s call tonight. He was a true and humble servant of Allah and we beseech our God, the Oft-Forgiving and Merciful, to grant him al-jannah Firdaus,” the Governor said in a statement Sunday night.
“The professor of law was a colossus who played the leading role to open a new chapter of academic excellence and greatness for KWASU. Our condolences go to his family, immediate and extended, to KWASU and the rest of the academic community, and to members of the bar and the bench in Kwara State and across the country.”
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