We Are Not Aware of $875m Ammunition Deal With US – FG
The Federal Government has denied knowledge of any $875 million ammunition deal with the United States which is being purportedly blocked by some lawmakers in that country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the reports as “fake news.”
Mohammed made this assertion today during a press briefing in Abuja. According to him, there was no contract of such nature and sum between Nigeria and the US.
“There is no contract of arms between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America today apart from the 12 Super Tucano Attack Helicopters of which six had been delivered.
“We are quite satisfied with the progress and cooperation that we received from the government of the US on this issue.
“As a matter of fact, six of the Tucano helicopter will be launched on Aug. 3, this year.
“We are not aware of the so-called 875million USD arms contract or some helicopters which they said some lawmakers in the US are trying to persuade the president of the US not to honour.
”The relationship between Nigeria and the US is smooth and waxing stronger,’’ he said.
Some section of the media had claimed that influential U.S. lawmakers were masterminding a hold on a proposed sale of ammunition and attack helicopters to Nigeria over allegations of human rights abuses and anti-democratic actions of the present administration.
The report listed the blocked proposed sale to include 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters accompanied by defence systems, 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, and 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell.
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