New York

16 January 2018

Note to Correspondents - Special Investigation following Kamanyola incident

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has appointed Lieutenant-General (Rtd) Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor of Nigeria to lead a special investigation following the 15 September 2017 incident in Kamanyola, South Kivu. The special investigation will look into the challenges facing the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in discharging its mandate to protect civilians and provide recommendations on improving the performance of its troops.

Lieutenant-General Obiakor has had a long and distinguished career in the Nigerian Army and was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 2008 to 2010.