The Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malate, Muhammed Akanbi, a professor of Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has died at the age of 51.
The university registrar confirmed the VC’s death in a statement late Sunday night.
“With very heavy hearts but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, the Management of Kwara State University announces the death of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN,” the statement reads in part.
Mr Akanbi was appointed KWASU VC in April 2020 in a selection process that raised controversy among academics and Kwara elders including the Kwara North Elders and Offa Professors Forum, who faulted the selection exercise.
Mr Akanbi was a son to the pioneer chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), late Mustapha Akanbi.
The late vice-chancellor had battled with ill health since 2020 going in and out hospitals, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has commisserated with the deceased’s family.
Mr Abdulrazaq, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the VC’s death as painful and shocking.
“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,” he said.