Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

United States pledges more support to end Boko Haram

United States pledges more support to end Boko Haram

The sale comes only a year after the United States, under former President Barack Obama, blocked Nigeria from acquiring the Super Tucano ground attack aircraft from Brazil.

The US had placed an embargo on arms sale to Nigeria owing to allegations of gross human right abuses against the military.

The sale of the 12 ground attack vehicles is said to be valued at $593 million (N181 billion).

In accordance with the Leahy Law, the United States defense sector is prohibited from providing military assistance to countries involved in human rights violations.

The aircraft are equipped with "wing-mounted machine guns, weapons integration with advanced surveillance, precision-guided bombs, and even air-to-air missiles".

Aside the original intention to deploy the aircraft to fight Boko Haram in the North-east, the planes will also be used to combat smuggling and trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

Speaking during an assessment visit to the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Tuesday, August 29, the lawmaker said his visit was created to get a first-hand assessment of the performance of the military, Daily Trust reports.

Apart from supplying Nigeria with military hardware; the us would also provide support in the area of tactics and surveillance which Saraki believes would greatly strengthen Nigeria's military.

Attahiru said that the delegation was at the Army Command and Control Centre to appraise its performance and on how they can support the military to accomplish the counter insurgency operation.

Nigeria is expected to pay $600m for the weapon.

Other members are Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan); Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado); Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware); Representative Terri Sewell (D-Alabama); Representative Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania); Representative Barbara Lee (D-California); and Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Florida).

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