OPUTA, Justice Chukwudifu Akunne;

B.Sc, BA, LL.B, BL,CFR, D.Litt; retired jurist; b: September 22, 1924, ht: Oguta, so: Imo; married, has five children; ed: Sacred Heart School, Oguta, 1930- 1936; Christ the King College, Onitsha, 1937-1940; Higher College, Yaba; Achimota College, Ghana, 1945; University of London, England called to the English Bar, Gray's Inn, London, 1953. cr: Teacher, Africa College; Principal, Kalahari National College, Buguma, 1945- 48; Administrative Officer, Nigerian Secretariat, Lagos, 1949-51; private legal practice, 1953-65; Appointed as Judge of the High Court of Eastern Nigeria, 1966; appointed Judge, defunct East Central State, 1971-76; First Chief Judge, Imo State, 1976-84;Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, 1984; mm. Eastern Nigeria Marketing Board, 1958- 65; University of Nigeria Council, 1959-66; conducted various inquiries as counsel, including: Port Harcourt inquiry,Oputa Chieftaincy Dispute, 1958/59; Nembe Chieftaincy Dispute, 1959 and Obudu Chieftaincy Dispute, 1960; ch. Commission of inquiry into the Structure of Customary Courts in former Eastern Nigeria, 1967; Commission of Inquiry into Abakaliki - Nkpuma Akpatakpa Disturbance, 1973; Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission, 1999-2001; Conference of Papal Knights, St Paul's Society of Church Wardens, Owerri, Commission of Inquiry into revenue Collection, East Central State, 1975; Federal Government Enquiry into the Causes of Scarcity of t Petroleum Products in Nigeria and Recommendations for Permanent Solution, 1975; Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri; presd. Nigerian Red Cross; Shanahan Society; Nigerian Society for the . prevention of Accidents; National Council of St. Jude's Society; Patron Nigerian Federation of Catholic University Students; h/award. Doctor of letters, (honouris Causa), Imo State University, Owerri Confened with Exemplary Model of Active and Healthy Ageing by International Federation of Ageing in Nigeria, 2001; Knight Commander; St Gregory the Great, Knight Commander; St. Sylvester Pope; Knight; St. Mulumba, National Association of Distinguished Lawyers NADL, distinguished jurist award, 2003; publ: Modern Bar Advocacy, 1973, reprints, 1982; Life at Tlie Bar, Conduct at the Bar and written laws and the unwritten Jaws of Legal Proffession, 1976; reprints,1982,The Law and the Twin . Pillars of Justice, 1981; Homicide Through The Cases, In Search of a 'Disciplined Society through Law, 1987; Visions, Dreams and lllussions (In perspective of Justice, International Peace and Security) 1988; Human Rights in the Political and Legal Culture of Nigeria, 1998; In {the Eyes of the-Law, 1992, Ourtemple of Justice, 1993. hob: reading, fishing, game hunting, photography, res: Oguta, Imo State.
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