Lassa made the confirmation in a statement he issued in Lokoja on Monday.
He stated that Akakirya died on Monday morning at an Abuja hospital.
Born in Lassa village, Askira Uba Local Government of Borno on July 20, 1949, Afakirya was the Military Administrator of Kogi from 1996 to 1998.
He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in June 1973 and served in various posts in Osogbo, Gombe, Nsukka, Abakaliki, Kainji and Mubi.
Before his appointment as Military Administrator of Kogi, he was Commander, 241 Recce Batallion, Nguru and member, Yobe State Executive Council.
He left a wife and children.
Meanwhile , Governor Idris Wada of Kogi had described news of the death as a sad one to the state and the entire country.
Wada in a condolence message to the family of the deceased, said he left indelible legacies with his two years of service as administrator of Kogi.
He cited the two housing estates and the various water schemes in many parts of the state which were still in use as example of his legacies.
He said that the government and the entire people of the state mourned with family members and friends of Afakirya and prayed God to grant his soul a perfect peace.
The governor particularly urged the wife and children of the late Afakirya to see his death as an act of God and urged them to be consoled by the quality of life of service to God and humanity that he lived.