The Nigeria Law School 1995 Call Set has commiserated with the family of their classmate, Prof. Muhammed Mustapha-Akanbi SAN on the passing of the legal scholar.
In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, the Class President, Cordelia Uwuma Eke, described Akanbi as “one of the founding members of the Nigeria Law School 1995 Call Set. He was popularly called MM by many of his class mates.”
Continuing, Eke who is also the Secretary to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Electoral Reform Committee, stated that the law teacher and former Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) “will be remembered for his humility, gentle disposition, smooth and cordial relationship with his Call mates, commitment to the Association and much more.”
Concluding, Eke declared that Akanbi “was indeed an Achiever and will be greatly missed by us,” adding: “We condole with his family, relatives and close associates, and pray God to grant his soul eternal rest.”
In a flyer sighted by CITY LAWYER, the Class had stated that “The Nigerian Law School 1995 Call Set (NLS 1995) mourns the sad and painful demise of its very noble and distinguished member, Prof. Muhammed Mustapha-Akanbi SAN, on Sunday, 20th November, 2022. Until his death, Prof. was the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University. His remains will be laid to rest according to Muslim rites.” Akabi was interred last Monday in Ilorin, Kwara State.
He served as a Legal Assistant in the Legal Unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Lagos. He practiced in the Law Firms of Wole Bamgbala & Co, Lagos, Olawoyin and Olawoyin, Lagos and Ayodele, ‘Gafar & Co, Ilorin between 1996 and 1998.
In 1998, Akanbi proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka where he bagged a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) and obtained a Doctorate Degree in Law (Ph.D.) from the King’s College, University, London in 2006.
In August 1998, Akanbi joined the service of University of Ilorin as the Lecturer 2 in the Department of Business Law at the University’s Faculty of Law. In his over two decades career period at the University Prof. Akanbi held several administrative positions, chief of which were; Sub-Dean, Head of Business Law Department, Postgraduate Representative, Senate Member, Dean of Law, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) and Director, School of Preliminary Studies, Fufu Campus, University of Ilorin, he rose through the ranks and was appointed a Professor of Law in the Department of Business Law in October, 2012.
Akanbi also served as the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch between 2007 and 2009. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2018.
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