Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Charly Boy, Prof. Odinkalu, Bianca, Others Make Soludo's Truth, Justice and Peace Committee




 

Charles Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy, Professor Chidi Odinkalu a Professor of Practice in International Human Rights Law at the Fletcher School, who chaired Nigeria's National Human Rights Commission and served on the panel of eminent persons that negotiated the return of The Gambia to the Commonwealth in 2017,  HE Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, widow of former Biafra president Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and twelve others have been named by the New Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo as members of the Truth, Justice and Peace Committee. 


According to the Press Release announcing their appointment, the objective of the 15 man committee headed by Prof. Chidi Odinkalu is to seek a restorative justice approach for truth-telling or real facts, for the healing of the victims of the violence, accounting for responsibility, as well as conditional mercy for the repentant perpetrators, restitution for certain losses and rehabilitation of the perpetrators.


The committee which was given a 5 point term of reference has 6 months to deliver on its specific purpose with 2 months to present its preliminary findings and another 2 months to submit it's final report after government's inputs on it's preliminary findings.



The committee which will be commissioned on a date yet to be fixed has the following persons as members: 

1. Professor Chidi Odinkalu-Chairman

2. HE Amb. Bianca Ojukwu-Member / Secretary

3. Dr. Joe Nwaorgu

4. Dr. Udenta Udenta - Member

5. Dr. Uju Agomoh --- Member

6. Rev. Fr (Msgnr) Jerome Madueke

7. Canon Dr. Okechukwu C. Obi-Okoye

8. Mr. Charles Oputa (Charly Boy)

9. Dr. John Otu

10. Mr. Ngozi Odumuko

11. Ms Onyeka Onwenu

12. Dr. Joe Abah 

13. Mr. Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu

14. Mr. Sam Egwuatu

15. Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu

The Purpose/Terms of Reference of the Committee

The purpose of the Committee on Truth, Justice, and Peace is to seek a restorative justice approach for truth-telling or real facts, for the healing of the victims of the violence, accounting for responsibility and accountability of the actors, conditional mercy for the repentant perpetrators, restitution for certain losses and rehabilitation of the perpetrators, for the overall aim of restoration of peace and justice as well as the promotion of development in the State, and the region/Nigeria. Given the cross-border nature of the conflict, the focus goes beyond Anambra, and possibly covers the entire Southeast

Terms of Reference

Specifically, the Terms of Reference for the Committee are

1. To identify the remote and immediate causes of the agitations, restiveness, violence, and armed struggle in the South East since 1999.

2. Document victims/circumstances of death, brutality and incarceration.

3. Identify stakeholders and groups who have played critical roles in the agitations and conflicts, their roles, capabilities and demands.

4. Address any other issue(s) that may be germane to unravelling the extent of the crisis and charting the roadmap for the future.

5. Make recommendations for sustainable peace and security in Anambra state/Southeast.

The Committee shall have a direct reporting line to the Governor or his designee, and will be provided with administrative support. The Committee shall be free to draw up the methodology to accomplish its assignment.

Time Frame:

The Committee shall conclude its work no later than 6 months from its inauguration, with its preliminary report due no later than 2 months after the sunset and the final report after 2 months of receiving feedback on the preliminary report from the government. The Committee shall be inaugurated on a date to be communicated to its members.


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