Rest in peace, Chukwudifu Oputa J.S.C

Former Supreme Court Justice and father of controversial musician Charly Boy, Chukwudifu Oputa J.S.C, is dead. He died today, the 4th day of May 2014, aged 96.
Justice Chukwudifu Oputa (of blessed memory) was a renowned Justice – a favourite of many Law students and lawyers for his legendary understanding of the law and pristine judgements.
He would also be fondly remembered for his appointment as Chairman of the Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission, the Oputa Panel, whose duties were to investigate abuses that occurred during the 15 (fifteen) years of military rule, which ended when President Olusegun Obasanjo was elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May, 1999.
The Oputa panel aka Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission was created to establish the causes, nature, and extent of human rights violations – in particular the assassinations and attempted killings – between January 15, 1966 and May 28, 1999, to identify perpetrators (individuals or institutions), determine the role of the state in the violations, and to recommend means to pursue justice and prevent future abuses.
After reviewing the evidence before it, the Panel concluded that the Nigerian military was responsible for gross human rights violations, and recommended a drastic reduction of the armed forces, a review of security forces’ internal disciplinary procedures, and reform of the military intelligence, police and academic institutions. The Panel also recommended increased human rights education and creation of a Ministry of Women Affairs, as well as creation of more states and local governments to avoid corruption and the fragmentation of the political system.
Justice Chukwudifu Oputa (of blessed memory) will always be remembered with love, admiration and respect in Nigeria’s history, and whenever human rights are being discussed in Nigeria. Adieu My Lord!


About Egoyibo Okoro

Beautiful. Friendly. Opinionated. Feminist. Scholarly. Political. Christian. Sometimes, I write in Engli-Igbo and/or pidgin English. Just so you know, I am naturally disgruntled about a lot of things, most especially gender inequality, human rights abuses, racism and corruption. #EndChildMarriage. #EndTerrorism. #EndPoverty. #EndRacism. #EndImperialism. The Igbo say, "egbe bere, ugo bere, nke si ibe ya ebena nku kwa ya" - Live and let live!
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