Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Justice Chukwudifu Oputa is one of Africa's best legal brains. He was born in Oguta, Imo State of Nigeria. He attented primary school here and was in Christ the King College and Yaba College of Technology, Oputa also attended Achimota College, Ghana, London University, and Gray's Inn London.
He was called to the Bar in 1953 and set up practice in Port Harcourt a year later. Oputa was made a Judge in 1966. In 1984, he went to the Supreme Court where I stayed till 1989, and retired. He now lives at home in Oguta.
One of his post-retirement services to Nigeria was chairing the Human right violations investigation commission otherwise known as the Oputa Panel.