Justice Mustapha Akanbi, ex-ICPC chair, dies at 86

Late Akanbi

 

Pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (lCPC), retired Justice Mustapha Akanbi has passed on at the age of 86.

Akanbi, who was a former President of the Court of Appeal and first Wakili of llorin, died in the early hours of Sunday at his GRA residence in llorin, after a brief illness. He was reported to have passed on at about 1;00am

Son of the late octogenarian and a professor of law at the University of llorin, Mohammad Akanbi, confirmed the death of the former lCPC Chairman.

Already the GRA residence of the late jurist has began playing host to hundreds of symphatisers who have been thronging the residence to pay their last respect to the first Wakili of llorin.

Born in September 1932, Justice 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. He rose to become a judge.

He was until his death on Sunday an elder statesman, a leading social image and respected opinion moulder. He is not known to shy away from speaking the truth to power when called upon.

He would be buried later on Sunday in Ilorin according to Islamic rites.(gongnews)

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