UN honours fallen Nigerian heroes

Two Nigerian peacekeepers among 117 are to be honoured by the United Nations with the posthumous Dag Hammarskjöld medal.

Commodore Christopher Ademu Abu, served with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali while Police Sergeant Mayehm Norbert, was deployed with the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is ‘a posthumous award given by the UN to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a peacekeeping operation.’

The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the UN, who died in a plane crash in September 1961.

As part of activities to observe the 2017 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres would award the posthumous at the UN Headquarters on Wednesday.

Guterres will also lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.

Largest contributor UN peacekeeping
Nigeria is the 14th largest contributor of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping.

It currently deploys nearly 1,700 uniformed personnel to the UN peace operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan and the Western Sahara.

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