Former Appeal Court President, Mustapha Akanbi, is Dead

A former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi is dead.

Akanbi, who was former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) died about 1am on Sunday morning in Ilorin, Kwara State, TheNation writes.

His demise was confirmed by one of his children, Barrister Kabir Akanbi, who said the foremost jurist will be buried later today.

Born in Accra, Ghana, Akanbi, who later attended the Institute of Administration, now Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was called to the English Bar in 1963, Nigerian Bar in January 1964 and joined the Ministry of Justice where became a Senior State Counsel in 1968.

In 1992 he was made President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, a position he held until retiring in 1999, after which former President Olusegun Obasanjo made him the Chairman of the newly established Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.

Akanbi retired in 2005 on completion of the first term of office, and joined the board of the Justice and Law Enforcement Reformation Organization, a non-profit organization that aims to eradicate corruption and poverty from the perspective of the Judiciary and Law Enforcement agencies.

In 2006, he established the Mustapha Akanbi Foundation in Ilorin dedicated to strengthening civil society groups, governmental agencies and private business concerns and helping them imbibe a culture of transparency and accountability.

He spoke out against the ideas of the Boko Haram sect and other radical Islamist groups.

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