I wish to, on behalf of the Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (RoLAC) Programme, extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late Innocent Chukwuma. Innocent was a long-time friend and collaborator of the justice reform programmes implemented by the British Council in Nigeria. CLEEN Foundation which he led was a member of the consortium (led by the British Council) that implemented the Justice for All (J4A) Programme funded by the UK DFID from 2010 to 2017. He played an instrumental role to the success of the Programme particularly in its Safety and Security component. His contributions to discussions on strategic issues were incisive and thought provoking.
Innocent gave his best. He never left anyone in doubt about his expertise, knowledge and understanding of the security sector. But he did that with humility, and many times with a dose of humour, which served to encourage the pessimists that we can still be positive and “enjoy” the long and difficult journey to reforming the Nigerian security sector
He worked excellently well with people of diverse backgrounds. Though he can be critical, He was respected by all that came in contact with him.
We sympathise with his family, friends, comrades and all those that Innocent worked closely with especially in the justice and security sector. Innocent will be greatly missed. But history will surely be kind to him, and we will always remember him for the many legacies he left behind.