The BOSAN Secretariat sadly announces the demise of Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, SAN, who died yesterday, Sunday, 20th November, 2022.

Late Prof. Akanbi was born on the 24th of January 1971 (51 years), to the family of late Hon. Justice Muhammed Mustapha Adebayo Ajao Akanbi. He hails from the Ile Magaji Kemberi, Awodi, Gambari Quarters, Ilorin East, Kwara State.

He attended the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law in 1993 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995.

Prof. Akanbi 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, Prof. 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, Prof. 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.

Prof. 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.

Prof. Akanbi has over 60 national and international publications in reputable peer reviewed Journals with a bias in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Arbitration Law. Until his death, Late Akanbi was the Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU).

He will be buried in Ilorin today, Monday, November 21, 2022 in his country home according to Islamic rites.

May the soul of Prof. Akanbi and the souls of our departed members Rest in Peace. Amen


Mr. Olumide Sofowora, SAN

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