S/East Violence And Agitation: Anambra State Government Sets Up a Truth, Justice and Peace Committee.

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Anambra State Government Sets Up a Truth, Justice and Peace Committee
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The government of Anambra State has set up a Truth, Justice, and Peace Committee in a bid to ‘seek restorative justice and healing of victims of violence that has bedeviled the region,  Njenje Media News reports.

The committee which has Professor Chidi Odinkalu as Chairman, and Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu as secretary, will have a direct reporting line to the Governor or his designee and will be provided with administrative support. Other functions of the committee will be to identify the remote and immediate causes of the agitations, restiveness, violence, and armed struggle in the South East since 1999 while documenting the victims/circumstances of death, brutality, and incarceration. It will also Identify stakeholders and groups who have played critical roles in the agitations and conflicts, their roles, capabilities and demands while making recommendations for sustainable peace and security in Anambra state/Southeast.

In a release signed by Prof. Solo Osita Chukwulobelu, the Secretary to the Anambra State Government, the committee is mandated to 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.

Read the Press Statement below:

 

PRESS STATEMENT

Anambra State Government Sets Up a Truth, Justice and Peace Committee.

The members of the Committee are as follows:

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

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.

Signed:

Prof. Solo Osita Chukwulobelu
Secretary to the State Government
Anambra State.
5th April, 2022

Njenje Media News.