Oputa Panel (HRVIC) Commission Timeline
December 28, 2006 | posted by Nigerian Muse (Archives)


 

 


Oputa Panel (HRVIC) Timeline

 


 

 

1999

 

May 29 - President Obasanjo is inaugurated for the first term (1999 - 2003) as civilian president after presidential elections in Nigeria

 

June 14 - President Obasanjo announces a seven-person commission called the Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (HRVIC, a.k.a.the Oputa Panel) headed by Justice Chukwudifu Oputa to investigate human rights abuses dating back to the military coup of January 15, 1966 till May 28, 1999, the day before the last military handover to civilians. Secretary of the Panel - Reverend Father Mathew Kukah.  Other members are Mrs. Elizabeth Pam, Dr. Mudiaga Odje,

Barrister Bala Ngilari, Mrs. Modupe Areola and Alhaji Adamu Lawal Bamalli.

 

2000

 

October 23 - Oputa Panel begins sittings

 

November 27 - Major Hamza al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late dictator Gen. Sani Abacha testifies before panel

 

December 8 - General Babangida (IBB) gets a favorable ruling from a High Court  “restraining the Commission from compelling them [i.e. IBB and some former military intelligence chiefs]  to appear before it in Lagos on the grounds that their personal security would be at risk”

 

2001

 

January 26 - Ogoni people appear before Panel in Port Harcourt

 

April 18  - Enugu sitting of Panel to receive testimonies and petitions begins

 

April 26 - Ohanaeze testify in Enugu

 

July 25 - Ohanaeze, ACF make presentations before panel in Abuja over January 1966 coup

 

September 11 - President Obasanjo appears before panel to give evidence

 

October 8, 2001 - Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) testifies before panel in Abuja

 

October 18 - Last day of sitting of panel

 

October 31 - IBB gets a favorable judgement from the Court of Appeal “that the Oputa Panel cannot summon Babangida” “to give evidence on the allegation that he and his security chiefs had a hand in the murder” of Dele Giwa because “the law does not back the Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (HRVIC).” The Federal Government appealed to the Supreme Court

 

2002

 

May 21   - Panel submits "interim report" to President Obasanjo in Abuja in six volumes.

 

May 28   - Panel submits "main report" to President Obasanjo in Abuja in 60 large boxes.

 

June 3 - IBB files a suit currently before the Federal High Court asking it “to stop the president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, from implementing the report of the Oputa-led Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission” . This suit was jointly filed with  the former Director of Military Intelligence, Col. Halilu Akilu and Brig.-General Kunle Togun.  The defendants are: President Olusegun Obasanjo, Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Oputa and his commission

 

2003

 

February 3 - IBB gets a favorable judgement from the Supreme Court  that the panel had “no powers to summon witnesses outside the Federal Capital Territory”, and further “that the 1999 Constitution made no provision for tribunals of inquiry.”

 

2004

 

We are still waiting for the report to be published !

 

 

 


 

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