Written by Chris Agbambu
Friday, 17 February 2012
THE Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant- General Azubike Ihejirika, was barred from entering war-torn Sudan, the Minister of Defence, Dr Bello Haliru Mohammed, disclosed on Thursday. He also said top peacekeeping officers were denied visa by Sudan embassy in Nigeria.
Discussing the lingering crisis in the country with the United States Senior Advisor on Darfur, Ambassador Dane Smith, the minister asked both the US and the United Nations (UN) to call the Sudanese government to order in its hostility to Nigerian troops in Dafur or compromise the impartiality of the peacekeeping force. Smith was accompanied to the minister’s office by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Terence McCulley, to discuss the Darfur crises.
Dr Mohammed said Nigerian Ambassador to Darfur, Professor Agboola Gambari, had been working to ensure adequate security and supervision of Nigerian troops but could not achieve much, due to the hostility of the Sudanese government.