UN Secretary-General, selects Nigerian general to lead Syria inquiry

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has appointed a Nigerian general, Chikadibia Obiakor, to lead the U.N. Board of Inquiry in investigating the series of attacks on hospitals in Syria.

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

U.N spokesman, Stephane Dujarric announced on 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 will ascertain the facts of the attacks and not assess blame. Its findings will not be made public, he said.

Recall 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.

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