The first chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission “ICPC”, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, has died aged 85.
The former president of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal died in the early hours of Sunday at a private hospital in Ilorin, the Kwara State, after a brief illness. He was aged 85.
Akanbi was appointed Judge of the Federal Revenue Court, (now known as the Federal High Court) in 1974. He was elevated to Court of Appeal Bench in January 1977 and after a distinguished service period of 25years, he voluntarily retired as President of the (Nigerian) Court of Appeal in 1999.
Born in September 1932, Mr Akanbi was called to the English Bar in 1963. He was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in January 1964 and joined the Ministry of Justice where he became a Senior State Counsel in 1968.state after a brief illness.
Justice Akanbi was also the first Wakili of Ilorin, the founder of Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, Maasalam Islamic Foundation, Mustapha Akanbi Library and Resource Center, Nana Aishat Academy and several others.
The burial of the deceased which is expected to be officiated by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir will take place by 12pm today at his GRA residence Ilorin.
He was survived by many children and many grandchildren.