ECOMOG Commanders, two journalists honoured

Aliyu Othman, Abuja

A posthumous award of Grand Commanders of International Peace Africa will be conferred on four ECOMOG Field Commanders that led the regional military action that restored peace in Liberia.

The award will also be issued to two journalists as part of a book launch on The ECOMOG History that seeks to provide firsthand account of the war in Liberia and some of the major actors and victims.

A statement signed by Mr Frank Akinola in Abuja disclosed that Majors General Ishaya Bakut, Rufus Kupolati, John Ineinger and Maxwell Khobe who served as field commanders would be honoured by the organisers for their professional and gallantry service.

Other Nigerian Generals that served as ECOMOG field commanders in Liberia include Timothy Shalfidi, Tunji Olurin, Victor Malu, Joshua Dogonyaro, John Shagaya, Felix Majokperuo and Arnold Quinoo the pioneer.

“The book launch will feature posthumous award to four ECOMOG field commanders whose gallantry and professionalism were chronicled in the book” he disclosed.

Others to receive the posthumous awards are Mr. Krees Imodibie of the Guardian Newspaper and Mr Tayo Awotusin of the Champion in an event that will take place on Thursday March 17 in Abuja Nigeria.

“Two Nigerian journalists who lost their lives in the Liberian civil war and to whom a complete chapter was devoted to in the book will also be honoured posthumously” says Akinola.

The book presentation on the execution of the war by ECOMOG considered as one of the success stories of Nigeria leading military action to rescue another brotherly nation flogged into a war that served as a model in Africa and the world in the 1990’s.

The ECOMOG command structure under the Economic Community of West Africa was launched in 1990 with about 3,000 troops with Nigeria contributing the largest that was raised to 12,000 troops before the end of Military action in Liberia.

ECOMOG also operated in Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau between 1998- 1999 before the operation and peacekeeping ended in 2003.