Professor Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN, the Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Malete, has passed away. Yesterday, the Management of Kwara State University announced the death of the Vice Chancellor.
The sad event took place yesterday, 20th November 2022 after a protracted illness, the KWASU Registrar, Mrs Kikelomo Salle, noted in a statement in Ilorin on Sunday.
“We urge all to remember the immediate and extended family and the University in prayers in this very trying time,” She added
His Ṣalāt al-Janāzah (Islamic funeral prayer) will hold today Monday (November 21, 2022) at Justice Mustapha Akanbi’s residence, N6 Agbadam Street off Ahmadu Way, GRA Ilorin, by 4pm prompt.
The sad event took place today, 20th November 2022 after a protracted illness. We urge all to remember the immediate and extended family and the University in prayers in this very trying time.
Burial arrangement will be announced soon.
— KWARA STATE UNIVERSITY, MALETE (@KwasuOfficial) November 20, 2022
Prof. Olaroungbe Aremu Akanbi, is one of the Children of late Hon. Justice Muhammed Mustapha Adebayo Ajao Akanbi (the Pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC). He hails from Ile Magaji Kemberi, Awodi, Gambari Quarters, Ilorin East, Kwara State of Nigeria.
Before his demise, he was a Professor of Law (specialisation in Business Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law and Practice) and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
He became the Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Malete in 2020.
Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described the passing of Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN, the university’s vice chancellor, as painful and shocking.
“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.”
Similarly, in a statement signed by the Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr Kunle Akogun, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, described the death of Prof. Akanbi as tragic and a colossal loss not only to KWASU and the University of Ilorin but to the entire humanity.
Prof Egbewole said that he received the death of Prof. Akanbi with utter disbelief and profound confusion because no one would have expected such a young, brilliant and energetic gentleman to die so soon.
Prof. Egbewole recalled that he shared so many things with his departed colleague, saying that apart from attending the same Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with him, they both joined the services of the University of Ilorin about the same time.
The distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law added that he and the late KWASU Vice Chancellor also became Professors at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin on the same date and were also elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on the same date.
Prof. Egbewole opined that Prof. Akanbi was a diligent and exciting academic and administrator who contributed greatly to the progress of the UNILORIN’s Law Faculty and the University of Ilorin as a whole, recalling that his days as Head of Department, Ag. Dean and the Director, School of Preliminary Studies, among other positions he held, were full of great achievements.
The UNILORIN Vice Chancellor also recalled that the late Prof Akanbi’s services at KWASU would also be remembered in the realm of exemplary leadership and the recent approval of several new courses, particularly Medicine and Surgery, saying that KWASU has lost a reformer.
Prof. Egbewole added that all that Prof. Akanbi achieved in his 51 years of sojourn on earth have earned him immortality and would always place him in the comity of those who actually came, saw and conquered, saying that though it is always the wish of every mortal to live to old age,the life of Prof. Akanbi had proven that it is not always how long one lives but how well.
Prof. Egbewole, who also commiserated with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, and KWASU Management as well as the nation’s legal community, urged the family, Faculty of Law, Unilorin and KWASU who are bereaved to take solace in the fact that though the life of the eminent legal luminary was short he lived a life worthy of emulation as his life was full of service to Allah and humanity.
The Vice Chancellor prayed Allah to overlook the shortcomings of Prof. Akanbi and admit his soul into Al-Janat fridouz and also grant all the bereaved the fortitude to bear the huge loss.