United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the appointment of Nigeria’s Abiodun Bashua to lead the special investigation into the attack against the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which protects civilians at Malakal. The announcement which was contained in a statement made available in New York on Tuesday.
The statement states that the special investigation will undertake detailed examination of the circumstances which led to the incident from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, in which at least 25 civilians died and an additional 144 injured. It also added that the investigation would complement the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry announced on March 11, also conducting an in-depth investigation into the overall response of UNMISS in the attack.
With more than 35 years in the Nigerian Foreign Service, Bashua has served at senior levels in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan recently concluded his assignment as Deputy Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, during which he also served as acting Joint Special Representative in 2014 and 2015.
He also has nearly 40 years of experience in international affairs, peacekeeping and peace building, and has published papers on the subject, including The Mechanics of Rebuilding a Failed State: The Governance Challenge in Liberia, published in the Journal of the Institute of Security Studies, and The Challenges of Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations, published in Africa and the World: A Half Century of Nation-building and International Engagement.
Mr. Bashua holds a Postgraduate Diploma in French from Université de Besançon, France, and a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Sociology from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He served as the Director and Head of Office of the Joint Support and Coordination Mechanism (JSCM) of UNAMID to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Director of UNAMID’s Political Affairs Division from 2009 to 2011, and in the same capacity at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from 2006 to 2007.