Justice Oputa Dies At 96 In Charlie Boy’s House

May 05 08:04 2014 Print This Article

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Justice Chukwudifu Oputa

Renowned jurist, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, is dead at the age of 96.

 He is the father of musician, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charlie Boy.

 Justice Oputa was at the head of the National Human Rights Commission, which investigated human rights abuses under the military instituted by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 The commission, popularly called the Oputa Panel, later extended its scope of coverage to include the years after independence.

 Oputa rose to the peak of his profession when he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

 He was admitted to Inns of Court (Grays Inn) in 1953.

 Oputa was appointed a judge of the then Eastern Region in 1963.

His judicial career spanned 26 years through four regions, states and territories, including the High Court of the defunct enclave of Biafra, ending with his retirement from the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1989 at the age of 65.

Oputa had been bedridden in the last one year.

The late jurist was flown out of the country for further medical care about some months ago but was said to have returned to the country after his condition improved.

 Sources said he was taken to Charlie Boy’s house in Abuja where he was recuperating.

 He was said to be seeing a physiotherapist but suddenly gave up on Sunday in Charlie Boy’s house in Abuja.

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