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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