Boko Haram US reportedly blocks Nigeria from buying fighter aircraft

The United States has reportedly blocked Nigeria from acquiring a fighter aircraft that is crucial to the fight against Boko Haram.

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The fight against Boko Haram might have suffered a minor setback as the United States has reportedly blocked the Federal Government from acquiring fighter ground attack aircraft.

According to a report by Punch Newspaper, the Federal Government's move to acquire the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which is considered crucial in the ongoing war against Boko Haram has been blocked by the U.S.

The move to buy the aircraft from Brazil has been reportedly finalised verbally until seller began stalling the process for undisclosed reasons.

It was further reported that a Presidency source informed that the US, which produced the aircraft, prevented the deal over human rights issues involving the military.

The decision to buy the aircraft, the report says, was to replace the old Alpha jets that is currently used by the Nigerian Air Force.

It was also reported that the US had told the Brazilians, who acquired 99 of the aircraft from the US firm, Embraer Defence System, that the aircraft deal be put on hold due to human rights issues involving the military.

The prevailing arms blockade had reportedly compelled the FG consider dealing with Asia and Eastern Europe for arms supply to fight Boko Haram.

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To this end, the FG had reportedly paid for 10 Super Mushak trainers from Pakistan and expected to arrived the country by the first week of December 2016.

Furthermore, plans had reportedly reached an advanced stage to bring in 12 MI 35M, one of the latest helicopter gunships from Russia.

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