Oputa Panel (HRVIC) Commission Timeline

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Oputa Panel (HRVIC) Timeline






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


Reverend Father Mathew Kukah.  Other members are Mrs. Elizabeth Pam, Dr. Mudiaga Odje,

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




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”




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






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




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.”




We are still waiting for the report to be published !





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One Response to “Oputa Panel (HRVIC) Commission Timeline”

  1. hgh says:

    it stinks

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