Pioneer chairman of the lndependent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (lCPC) and first Wakilin Ilorin, Justice Mustapha Akanbi is dead.

The renowned anti-corruption czar passed on in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 85.

The son of the late octogenarian, Professor Mohammad Akanbi confirmed the death of the late jurist.

Reacting to the death, President Muhammadu Buhari described the late Justice Akanbi as a man whose greatest asset in life was his enviable integrity and incorruptibility.

The president in a statement by his media aide Garba Shehu believes that Justice Akanbi will be long remembered for his enormous contributions in bringing credibility and respectability to the country’s judiciary.

The president noted that the death of the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is a colossal loss not only to the Nigerian judiciary, but the country as a whole.

President Buhari extended heartfelt condolences to Justice Akanbi’s family, the government and people of Kwara State and the entire Ilorin Emirate.

The president prayed that Almighty Allah will forgive the gentle soul of the deceased and reward his remarkable good deeds with Aljanna (paradise).

Meanwhile, eminent Nigerians including the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari, the national publicity secretary of APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, APC stalwart, Abubakar KAWU Baraje, have mourned the demise of Justice Mustapha Akanbi.

Saraki, in a condolence message signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu expressed grief over the death of the former President of the Court of Appeal and said the incident was a personal loss to him.

He described the late Akanbi as an indefatigable, honest and principled jurist who upheld the fine ethics of the judicial process till he breathed his last.

“I am sad that Baba (Akanbi) has left us. He was fearless, courageous and spoke truth to power during his lifetime,” Saraki said. “He was like a father to me. His death is a personal loss. Kwara State will miss him. Nigeria will miss him,” he said.

Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in his condolence message, described as shocking and devastating the passing away of the pioneer chairman of ICPC.

Governor Ahmed in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba said the state and indeed Nigeria has lost a rare gem, philanthropist and revivalist.

“Justice Akanbi’s years in the bench as an incorruptible judge, his stint at ICPC, struggle for good governance and involvement in community services would remain indelible in the history of Nigeria”, Dr Ahmed said.

In his own message,the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, expressed sadness over the death of Justice Mustapha Akanbi.

Sulu-Gambari prayed Allah to grant him eternal rest, grant him al-janatul firdaus and give his immediate family, the people of Ilorin Emirate and the entire nation the respite to bear the great loss.

The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly,Dr. Ali Ahmad has described Justice Mustapha Akanbi as one of the best judges ever produced by the Nigeria judiciary.

A condolence message issued by the Speaker’s Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir said the late jurist was an icon of Nigeria’s judiciary, stressing that his demise was a collosal loss to the nation.

Baraje said during his lifetime, the late jurist served Allah wholeheartedly, the country diligently and made positive impacts on the society which made him a role model to many people in Nigeria.