UN Chief Appoints Nigerian Soldier To Lead Syria Inquiry

Lieutenant-General-Chikadibia-Obiakor

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has selected a Nigerian army general to lead its Board of Inquiry to investigate a series of attacks on hospitals in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in the northwest.

The UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the three-member board, which will start work on September 30, will be led by Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor and include Janet Lim of Singapore and Maria Santos Pais of Portugal.

Dujarric said the board would ascertain the facts of the attacks and not assess blame. Its findings will not be made public, he said.

Guterres announced the establishment of the board on August 1, following a series of attacks on hospitals in the Idlib in northwest Syria.

In January 2018, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, had also appointed Obiakor to lead a special investigation into the killing of some Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to his Wiki citation, 68-year-old Obiakor was born on February 18, 1951.

He started his military career with the Nigerian Army in 1973.

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