Nigerian military delegation in Darfur

New York- US (PANA) -- A Nigerian military delegation is in Darfur this week to v isit the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and to assess the situation with the N i gerian troops deployed in the western Sudanese region.
According to a statement issued by UNAMID Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York, the Nigerian delegation, led by Major-General Frank Osokogu, the Chief O p erations Officer at the Defence Headquarters back home, arrived in Darfur this w e ek'.
The statement, made available to PANA here, also said: "The delegation is on an operational and technical assessment of Nigerian troops serving in Darfur.
" Earlier, UNAMID's Deputy Police Commissioner for Operations, Nigeria's Adeyemi O gunjemilusi, also inspected Sector West Headquarters of the mission's police in t he region from 26 to 29 October.
UNAMID said that Ogunjemilusi met with some officials of the mission, representa tives of the Sudanese police, various signatories to the Darfur Peace Agreement a nd also visited the Deputy Governor of West Darfur.
PANA reports that at full deployment, UNAMID is expected to have 26,000 troops a nd police officers, as well as civilian personnel, making it the world's largest peacekeeping operation.
But only about 10,000 uniformed personnel are currently deployed to Darfur, with Nigeria having about 3,000 troops and police personnel.
The UN Security Council had 31 July, 2007, adopted Resolution 1769, authorising the deployment of a hybrid force, which will comprise of 20,000 troops and 6,000 police and civilian personnel.
Nigeria's General Martin Agwai is the force commander and also the Chairman of t he Darfur Ceasefire Commission.

30 october 2008 18:46:00




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