The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres has appointed Maj. Gen. Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr of Nigeria as force commander of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei.
UNIFSA has been in Abyei since 2011.
It’s mandate is to protect civilians and their property.
The Nigerian was named on Tuesday to lead the UN peacekeeping soldiers in the contested Abyei region.
According to UN website , General Olufemi Sawyerr replaced General Keffyalew Amde Tessema from Ethiopia.
General Olufemi served as Commandant of the Nigerian Army Armor School in Bauchi State in North East Nigeria from 2020 to 2021. He held the position of Brigade Commander twice in North East Nigeria and was Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Battalion with the United Nations Mission in Liberia from 2009 to 2010.
He also served as the Director of Plans at the Nigerian Army Headquarters between 2019 and 2020, and Deputy Director of Doctrine and Combat Development from 2017 to 2018.
Major General Sawyerr has a military career spanning more than 34 years of service with the Nigerian Army, including as the Director of Defense Information of Nigeria’s Defense Forces since 2021.
Sudan has repeatedly demanded for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Abyei.