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Thursday, 12 May 2011 05:13

President Jonathan assembles a panel to probe election aftermath violence

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Meet the members of the panel that will probe the violence that came aftermath the election in Nigeria

"WHEN Nigeria’s presidential election results started trickling in on April 17th, showing that the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, was heading for victory, youths in the country’s north started to burn buildings in protest. The election itself was hailed as an improvement on the rigged and violent polls that have kept the ruling People’s Democratic Party in power for a dozen years. But its outcome has widened old divisions in Africa’s most populous country, home to 150m people and over 250 ethnic groups. Hundreds are now thought to have died in the post-election violence, though authoritative figures are hard to come by. A local human-rights group says that more than 500 people were killed just in Kaduna, one northern state, in the worst of the violence between April 17th and 19th. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based lobby, said that 311 bodies had been found in one mass grave alone. A heavy military presence and curfews in the worst-hit states, including Kaduna, Kano and Bauchi, have since brought an edgy calm."

Probe Panel Members

Sheik Ahmed Lemu

Lemu is an Islamic scholar and retired Grand Khadi of Niger State; he co-founded the Islamic Education Trust (IET), a non-governmental Islamic foundation that is based in Minna, Niger State which he also heads.

Justice Samson Odemwingie Uwaifo

He is a retired justice of the Supreme Court. He retired in 2005 after a 40-year experience in the legal profession, 30 of which he spent on the bench. He has since retirement acted as a legal consultant, particularly in the area of litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Justice Uwaifo has, for several years, acted both in the capacity of Sole Arbitrator and chairman of various arbitration panels. He currently heads a truth and reconciliation commission in Osun State.

Maj-Gen. L.P. Ngubane

Ngubane is one of the new principal staff officers at the Nigerian Army headquarters, who were recently promoted in a major shake-up in the Army; he is in charge of Training and Operations.

Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu

Hotonu is a 1985 architecture graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, is the Managing Director of Navy Post Service Homes Limited, the first woman to attain the exalted rank of a Rear Admiral in the history of the Nigerian Navy. She is a 52-year-old from Badagry, Lagos State and was among the first set of architects to be enlisted into the Nigerian Navy. It is on record that Hotonu was the first female military officer to serve as a Directing Staff (that is an instructor) at the famous Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji. She was also the first female military officer to attend the then National War College, now National Defence College, where she emerged the best overall graduating student and won the Commander-in-Chief's prize as well as the Commandant's prize for the best research.

Shamsuna Ahmed

Ahmed is an Abuja based architect.

P.C. Okorie

Until Okorie’s appointment as the Senior Special Assistant to the Justice Minister, Muhammed Bello Adoke, was a lecturer at the Nigerian Law School Abuja.

Ajibola Ogunshola

He is the immediate past Chairman of Punch and currently President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN). In 2000, he was a member of the Presidential Committee on the Harmonisation of Public Sector and Public Service. Ogunshola was born on July 14, 1944. He attended the University of Ibadan and the Institute of Actuaries, the United Kingdom.

Prof. Femi Odekunle

A graduate of the University of Ibadan in 1968, he bagged his Ph.D. in sociology and social psychiatry from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in the United States in 1974. He taught at the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, Kaduna State, from 1970 to early 1990. In 1994, he was appointed the Chairman, Advisory Committee to Chief of General Staff (CGS) General Oladipo Diya on Socio-Political and Economic Matters.

Known as an avid opponent of corruption, Odekunle organised the first Anti-Corruption Conference in Nigeria in 1987 bringing together not only people in government but petty traders on the streets to address the issue.

He is the author of Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime in Nigeria.

Lateefat Okunnu

Born on December 3, 1939, Mrs. Okunnu graduated in 1972 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was the Deputy Governor, Lagos State between 1990 and 1991, chairman, Caretaker Committee of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) between 1992 and 1993; chairman, Board of Trustees, the Family Support Trust Fund, Lagos State (1995) and currently President, Federation of Muslim Women’s Organisations.

Mohammed Danmadami (CON)

He retired from the Nigeria Police in 1983 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). He was Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Plc. Born in 1936, Alhaji Danmadami attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria between 1955 and 1957; the Southern Police College of Nigeria (1958-59) and the International Police Academy, Washington, the United States in 1970.

Dr. Bukar Usman

Born on November 11, 1965 in Ngala, Borno State, he attended the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986 and 87) and later the University of Maiduguri between 1988 and 1994. He was chairman, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Borno State Chapter (2004-2005), Vice Chairman, Academic Staff Union, College of Agriculture, Maiduguri; and has been the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Borno State since 2009.

Chief Ralph Uwechue

An indigene of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Uwechue was born in 1935. He attended the University College (now University of Ibadan) between 1956 and 1960. He served as an Ambassador to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mission in Cote d’ Ivoire and later Minister of Health in 1983. He was elected President of Pan-Igbo Group, Ohaneze Ndigbo in 2008. Uwachue was for many years publisher of Africa magazine and biographical documentaries of prominent Africans as well as Africa related issues. He attended St. John’s (Rimi) College, Kaduna from 1949-1954 and holds a degree in History from the University College, Ibadan, 1960 and a Diploma in International Law and French language, 1964, from the Geneva African Institute, Switzerland.

Josiah Idowu-Fearon

The Most Revd Josiah Idowu-Feron is the Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna, Nigeria and Bishop of Kaduna Diocese. He was born in Nigeria in 1949. He trained for a short period as a soldier as a young man, but soon realised he had a calling to serve God and went into priesthood. After his studies in 1971 he was ordained a minister of God. He was appointed as a bishop in 1990.

Idowu-Feron has a strong interest in Christian-Muslim relations. He is widely known for his work on Muslim-Christian relations as Mr Dialogue, a co- founder of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christianity in Kaduna and has a Ph.D in Islamic studies.

Comrade Peter Esele

Former President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and now President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Peter Esele, was elected President of TUC in Lagos at the 7th Triennial Delegates Conference of the association in 2007.

Dr. (Mrs.) Timiebi Koripamo-Agary

She is the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Abuja) and has a B.Sc and Ph.D in Biological Sciences (University of Ibadan). Her career started at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, rising through the ranks to become the Director coordinating development of plant and herbal medicine in the ministry. She moved to the Women Development Centre, Abuja, as Director-General before her appointment as Federal Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

Sheik Adam Abullah Idoko

Idoko is the Chief Imam of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) Central Mosque. He is also the second Vice-President-General, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN).

Alhaji Muhammed Ibrahim

He is the former Director General (DG) of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

F.F Ogunshakin

Ogunshakin is the secretary of the Committee, a civil servant at the office of the Head of Service.

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