Late Nigerian peacekeepers, Commodore Christopher Ademu Abu and Sgt. Mayehm Norbert, are among the 117 that would be given the posthumous Dag Hammarskjöld medal.
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 UN peacekeeping operation.
The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the UN, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
The UN, in a statement said the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, would honour the 117 fallen heroes with the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal on Wednesday, May 24 at the UN Headquarters while observing the 2017 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on May 24.
The statement reads: “Two fallen peacekeepers from Nigeria are among those to posthumously receive the Dag Hammarskjöld medal, Commodore Christopher Ademu Abu, who served with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
“And Police Sergeant Mayehm Norbert, who was deployed with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). ”
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.
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.
Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2016.