Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, was appointed to investigate abuses during 15 years
of military rule, which ended when President Obasanjo took office as elected
president on 29 May. The Oputa panel will be required to examine human rights abuses when
President Obasanjo was in power previously as a military ruler from 1976 to 1979.
The decision follows demands for a thorough investigation of rights abuses
in Nigeria since independence in 1960.