Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight

US President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to approve the sale of attack planes to Nigeria despite concerns over security force abuses

US President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to approve the sale of attack planes to Nigeria despite concerns over security force abuses.

The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces, according to US officials.

Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama’s presidency. The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly US$600 million (NZ$864 million), one of the officials said.

The officials were not authorised to discuss the terms of the sale publicly and requested anonymity to speak about internal diplomatic conversations.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.