Tribute: CDD Mourns the Loss of Innocent Chukwuma; Eulogises the Indelible Marks Left Behind

Innocent Chukwuma was a global citizen whose memory will be cherished as a champion for democracy, justice, and equality in Nigeria.

The quote “Gone but not forgotten” perfectly describes the character and person of Innocent Chukwuma. As an activist, Innocent Chukwuma was a creative, committed, compassionate and strategic leader.

Innocent Chukwuma was one of the civil society activists who fought to entrench the hardwon democracy currently enjoyed in Nigeria. His dedication to the ideals of democracy, human rights, and good governance led him to establish the CLEEN Foundation, to promote public safety, protection, and access to justice. CLEEN Foundation has evolved into one of Nigeria’s most influential civil society organizations.

Innocent is unarguably the father of modern-day policing reforms in Nigeria, with one of his memorable achievements, the new Police Act, 2020. He was a father, mentor, bridge builder, and connector, bringing together state and non-state players, young and old, and knowledge and practice. He has also enormously contributed to the promotion, protection, and compliance with human rights and security in Nigeria by promoting, supporting, and empowering both state and non-state actors to participate in active people-driven policing.

Our Prayers are with his wife Josephine Effah-Chukwuma and her children. Innocent is not dead but lives on.

Idayat Hassan