REPORTER: BEN ILECHUKWU
Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has inaugurated a fifteen-member Truth, Justice and Peace Committee with the aim of rehabilitating perpetrators of crimes who accept amnesty.
Inaugurating the Committee at the Government House, Awka, Governor Soludo charged members of the committee to work towards achieving the overall goal of restoring peace and justice in the South East.
The Governor expressed optimism that the committee would contend with the restiveness in the southeast.
He said that the committee would also enable the state government to interface and dialogue with various agitators and to allow peace return to the region.
The Governor expressed with regret the effects of the crisis, including wanton killings and kidnappings, which had crippled economic activities in the area through the brutal enforcement of the sit-at-home order.
Professor Soludo emphasized that the constitution of the committee headed by a former National Human Rights Commission Chairman, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, and the Secretary, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, was to find a way out of the crisis and for healing of victims of the violence.
In a speech, the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, while thanking the Governor for the opportunity to serve in his administration, expressed readiness of
the committee to bring a lasting solution to the crimes and insecurity in the Southeast.
Members of the committee include Charles Oputa (Charly Boy), Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, Dr. Udenta Udenta, Dr. Uju Agomoh, Rev. Fr. (Msgnr) Jerome Madueke, Canon Okechukwu Obi-Okoye and Dr. John Otu.
Others are Mr. Ngozi Odumuko, Mrs. Onyeka Onwenu, Dr. Joe Abah, Mr. Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, Mr. Sam Egwuatu and Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu.
Some members of the committee attended the inauguration via zoom network from their overseas base.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU