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Ki-Moon Appoints Bashua, Nigerian, To Probe South Sudan Killings

Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 9:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu

Lagos – Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria to lead the Special Investigation into the attack against the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection of civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan.
According to the statement released by Oluseyi Soremekun, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, the special investigation would undertake a detailed examination of the circumstances which led to the incident from February 17 to 18.
At least 25 civilians in the site were killed and an additional 144 were injured, even as this investigation would complement the United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry announced on  March 11, which was conducting an in-depth investigation into the overall response of UNMISS to the incident.
According to the release, Mr. Bashua recently concluded his assignment as the Deputy Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, during which time he also served as the Acting Joint Special Representative in 2014 and 2015.
He also has extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, having served at senior levels in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
Mr. Bashua has also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.