By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has directed that the flags at the headquarters of the court and other divisions fly at half mast in honour of its late former President, Justice Mustapha Akanbi who passed away at the weekend.
In a statement pushed out by the court’s media officer, Hajiya Sa’adatu Musa, Justice Bulkachuwa led a delegation of the appellate court’s justices on a condolence visit to deceased jurist’s family in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The court’s president was quoted as describing late Justice Akanbi as a “fearless incorruptible Jurist, well-respected nationalist and Jurist and an embodiment of piety.”
The statement read in part: “The death has occurred of the former President of the Court of Appeal Hon Justice Mustapha Akanbi CFR. He died in the early hours of Sunday Morning 3/06/2018 at the age of 85.
“Late Justice Mustapha Akanbi was elevated to the Court of Appeal in January 1977 and became President of the Court of Appeal in 1992; after a distinguished service period of 25years. He voluntarily retired as President of the Court of Appeal in 1999.
Hon Justice Mustapha Akanbi, who hails from Ilorin the Kwara State capital, was born September 11, 1932, in Accra, Ghana.
“Hon. Justice Bulkachuwa described the late sage as a pious and fearless incorruptible Jurist, whose demise will create a great vacuum in not only the Judiciary but Nigeria in general.
Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa prayed that Almighty Allah grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“It was in recognition of his distinguished career, as a forthright and incorruptible judicial officer, that he was appointed in the year 2000, by Nigeria’s former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR to pioneer the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), a body vested with the statutory responsibility of combating corruption in Nigeria.
He is a well-respected nationalist and Jurist and an embodiment of piety. He is a Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR).”