Charly Boy, Onyeka Onwenu, Bianca Ojukwu, 12 others on Anambra’s truth committee
Popular musician, Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy; songstress, Onyeka Onwenu; former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain Iyom Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu; and 12 other prominent Nigerians have been announced as members of the Anambra State Truth, Justice and Peace Committee.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Osita Chukwulobelu, on Tuesday said the 15-man committee would be headed by a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, whole Bianca will serve as the secretary.
Other members are Dr. Joe Nwaorgu; Dr. Udenta Udenta; Dr. Uju Agomoh; Rev. Fr (Msgnr) Jerome Madueke; Canon Dr. Okechukwu C. Obi-Okoye; Dr. John Otu; Mr. Ngozi Odumuko; Dr. Joe Abah; Mr. Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu; Mr. Sam Egwuatu; and Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu.
According to the statement, the Purpose/Terms of Reference of the Committee “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
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.
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.”