Prof Akanbi, KWASU’s vice chancellor, is dead

Prof Akanbi, KWASU's vice chancellor, is dead

Professor Muhammed Akanbi (SAN), the Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, has reportedly died.

He died on Sunday night, following a brief illness.

Details of what led to his death remained hazy as of the time of filing this report, as the Director of KWASU relations, Dr Saedat Aliyu, did not return phone calls.

According to reports, the late Vice-Chancellor will be buried in his country home in Ilorin on Monday, November 21, 2022, according to Islamic rites.

Akanbi was a celebrated academic, law professor, and legal icon who accomplished so many feats at such a young age and was very passionate about academic excellence and community development until his death.

Akanbi joined the services of the University of Ilorin in 1998 as Lecturer II and was appointed Professor of Law in the Department of Business Law in 2012.

An alumnus of the prestigious Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom, Akanbi served as a legal assistant in the legal unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lagos State, during his national service year.

He boasted of over twenty years’ of experience as an academic in the University of Ilorin, during which he also held several administrative positions.

Akanbi had over 60 national and international publications in reputable peer-review journals with a bias in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law. His other research areas include conflict resolution laws, corporate management law and practice.

The university don was a member of the Technical Working Committee 2013 on “An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violation of the Rights to Participation in Government and Fair Trial through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2003 – 2011,” commissioned by National Human Right Commission, Abuja, OSIWA and the Ford Foundation.

He was also a Consultant/Member of the Technical Working Committee 2012, on research on the Legal framework on Citizenship and Religion as it affects National Integration in Nigeria commissioned by International Development Law Organisation, Rome, Italy.

He also served as Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ilorin Branch between 2007 and 2009.

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