Nigeria's human rights chief declares asset

Chidi Odinkalu

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, today declared his asset publicly.

Mr. Odinkalu, whose appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate late last year, declared that he has four bank accounts. Two of the accounts are with Standard Chartered Bank in Nigeria. The first has N94, 000 in it while the other has $11,700 in it.

The other two accounts are in Barclays Bank of the United Kingdom. While one contains £7,752, the other has £4,562. Mr. Odinkalu also has an overdrawn account at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The assets declared also showed that Mr. Odinkalu has a mortgaged 3-bedroom mid-terrace house in Edmonton, and another 4-bedroom semi-detached house in Lekki, Lagos.

The human rights boss owns two cars, a Toyota RAV 4 which he purchased in 2004, and a Kia Rio purchased in 2005. He also has a personal pension plan, and shares and stocks worth about N3million. A 27kva generator and a 7.5KVA inverter complete Mr. Odinkalu’s asset.

Mr. Odinkalu, who described the over 10,000 books he has in his library as “invaluable,” is the first public official appointed by Mr. Jonathan to publicly declare his assets.

Upon assuming office as President, Mr. Jonathan refused to declare his asset publicly.

The Code of Conduct Bureau which is saddled with the responsibility of collecting asset declarations of public officials also refused to release copies of Mr. Jonathan’s asset declaration.

A non-governmental organisation, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy has pledged to challenge the Code of Conduct’s decision in court.



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  • Ononamadu

    This is good. Had to believe that it is coming in an era when almost every public officer is a rough. there is hope in sight.

  • Pat

    Chidi does not belong to the crop of Nigerian politicians who need government to survive. He knows the value of contentment and does not need to amass wealth like the it will go out of circulation. He is intellectually wealthy and does not need to subvert any system to live life to the fullest.

  • ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike

    Dr. Anselm Odinkalu has shown that there is a differrence between those who only preach transparency & good governance and others who put what they preach into practice. There are over a hundred of these preachers in government across all tiers & arms of government in Nigeria. Not few of them have done what Odinkalu has done. We, at the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), where he worked before are proud of him as doer of what we preach. We wish him success in office especially tackling the menace of human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria by both state and non state actors. This is one of the best way to serve and restore the lost glories of Nigeria.
    Men of character like this are what Nigeria needs in public offices, moreso, in anti-graft agencies.

  • Gbenga Olorunpomi

    Good job, Prof.


    Congratulation! You deserve our support in this important assignment.All rights should be protected and defended at all level.Nigeria should lead Africa in human rights crusade and protection with example.

  • Proud Yoruba

    No house in his homeland. I will never understand ibo parasites rejection of their own ancestral hone.

    • martins

      maybe he has a family house…maybe his father left him a house….this kind of man will not be without a house in the village…he is too big and too wise for that