UN chief selects Nigerian general to lead Syria inquiry


Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected a Nigerian general to lead a UN 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 will start work on Sept. 30. And it will be led by Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor and include Janet Lim of Singapore and Maria Santos Pais of Portugal.

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

Lieutenant General Obiakor joined the Nigerian Army in 1973.He joined the Nigerian Army in 1973 and retired in 2011.

Obiakor is a graduate of the National War College in Abuja, obtaining a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan.

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