Former lCPC Chairman, Justice Akanbi dies at 85

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin


The Pioneer Chairman of Independence Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (CFR) is dead.

Justice Akanbi who was also the first Wakili of Ilorin died in the early hours of Sunday at a private hospital in Ilorin after a brief illness at the age of 85 years.

One of the children of late Mustapha Akanbi, Barrister Ahmed Akanbi, confirmed the passing away of the Ghana born incorruptible judge and a foremost anti graft crusader.

The Janaza prayer, according to the spokesperson of the family, will take place at the deseaced residence, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Born on September 11, 1932, in Accra, Ghana, Justice Akanbi, was appointed the ICPC chairman by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000 and served until 2005.

He obtained a scholarship to study law at the Institute of Administration, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He then went for further legal studies in the United Kingdom.

He was called to the English Bar in 1963, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 1964. He joined the Ministry of Justice and became a Senior State Counsel in 1968.

In 1969 he set up a private practice in Kano. In 1974 he was appointed a judge of the Federal Revenue Court, and in January 1977 he was elevated to the Court of Appeal Bench.

In 1992 he was made President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, a position he held until retiring in 1999.

Justice Akanbi was a founder of Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, Maasalam Islamic Foundation, Mustapha Akanbi Library and Resource Center, Nana Aishat Academy, and several others.

Aisha JM/NAN