Nigeria’s fight against extremist sect Boko Haram will receive a boost following plans by US President’s Donald Trump to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s Air Force in a deal worth $600 million.
The plan by the US to sell the Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, made by Brazil’s Embraer will also boost defence hiring for America. “We’ve been told that the administration is going to go forward with that transaction,” a congressional aide said to Reuters. American congress is expected to get a formal notification about the sale soon.
On the Nigerian side, a senior Nigerian military source in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, confirmed that the sale would go ahead and said it would also involve training, surveillance and military intelligence “to support … the ongoing insurgency war.”
Former President Barack Obama’s administration originally agreed on the sale, but delayed it after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians.
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