The Centre for Democracy and Development has mourned the loss of Innoncent Chukwuma.
He was a champion for democracy, justice and equality in Nigeria.
The centre in a statement by the Director, Idayat Hassan, noted that as an activist, Innocent Chukwuma was a creative, committed, compassionate and strategic leader.
“The quote “Gone but not forgotten” perfectly describes the character and person of Innocent Chukwuma.
He 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.”
“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.