The Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi (SAN) has died at 51. The university announced the sad incident on its Facebook page on Sunday night adding that burial arrangements will be announced soon.
“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”, the post added.
The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as painful and shocking the death of Akanbi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.
“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 on Sunday night.
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“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,” the statement added.
Similarly, the Emir of Ilorin and chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has expressed sadness over the demise of the Akanbi, describing the incident as quite shocking, unfortunate and saddening.
Also, the Publicity Secretary of the NBA, Ridwan Musa said, ”The Janāzah prayer will be offered on his remains immediately after Salatul-‘Asr tomorrow at his residence in Ilorin, Kwara State.”
Late Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi became a Professor at the age of 40 years and was appointed as Vice Chancellor at 49.
He was a former Director of the Unilorin School of Preliminary Studies and also the son of the former President of the Court of Appeal and pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences, Justice Mohammed Mustapha Akanbi.
He had travelled in and out of the country several times to attend to his health before his death and had told newsmen that he once survived COVID-19.