Trump administration approves sale of attack planes to Nigeria

Trump administration approves sale of attack planes to Nigeria

- The Trump administration approves attack planes to be used by the Nigerian military to counter the Boko Haram insurgency and illicit trafficking

- The planes to be sold to the Nigeria military include about a dozen A-29 Super Tucano aircraft

- The Trump administration has notified the Congress which has 30 days from to block the sale if it so chooses

The ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria may soon get a boost as government under Donald Trump approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack planes and related equipment worth nearly $600 million to Nigeria.

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The pentagon in a statement on Thursday, August 3, said the attack planes will be used by the Nigerian military to counter the Boko Haram insurgency and illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea, The Hill reports.

According to the release by the Pentagon, the planes to be sold to the military include about a dozen A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

The arms deal between the US and the Nigerian government will also cover training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment.

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The US government has informed the Congress which has 30 days to stop the proposed sale of the equipment to Nigeria if it wants to do so.

NAIJ.com recalls that the previous administration under Barrack Obama had blocked the sale of military equipment to Nigeria following allegations that the military were involved in human rights abuses.

Some international organisations have accused the Nigerian Army of using the war against Boko Haram as an excuse to carry out human rights violations.

Amnesty International (AI) has constantly accused the army of violating its rules of engagement through extrajudicial killings, unexplained disappearances among other infringement.

The bulk of these allegations by the AI and other human rights organisations informed the US congress decision to pass a law barring the sale of military equipment to Nigeria and other countries whose military are found culpable of violating human rights.

In the video below; NAIJ.com TV asked some Nigerians if they would like the US to Bomb insurgents in Nigeria.

Source: Naija.ng

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