The outgoing commander of the United Nations Interim Security Forces Council in Abyei “UNISFA”, Ethiopian Major General Kefyalew Amde Tessema officially handed over his duties to the new force commander, General Benjamin Olufimi, on Wednesday.
The handover ceremony was held at the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei in Abyei Town, according to the mission’s official Facebook page.
In February, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Major General Benjamin Olufimi from Nigeria as the new commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei and his deputy, Brigadier General Abu Sayed Mahmoud Bakir from Bangladesh.
The Ethiopian forces are making arrangements to leave the mission. They are replaced by multinational forces from Ghana, Pakistan, Bengal, and Bangladesh, in addition to Vietnam.
The UN mission has more than 4,000 soldiers, military personnel, police and volunteers. The UN peacekeeping mission was established in 2011 to prevent conflict and maintain security within the borders of the Abyei Area.