The United States of America has reportedly started to assist Nigeria in its efforts to stop the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.
James Entwistle, the US ambassador to Nigeria, disclosed in an interview with The Punch that the US is ready to ship weapons to Nigeria.
He also said that the US government never put an arms embargo on the country.
MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected)
“There’s been a lot of misunderstanding on this issue before, during and after President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington. Let me be clear about a couple of things. One, we had worked very closely with Nigeria on the Leahy Amendment….The second piece of misinformation, which has been bandied about in (newspapers’) headlines, is that the US has lifted its arms embargo on Nigeria. There was never an arms embargo,” he said.
The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency records show that the country’s Department of Defence is set to transport army material to Nigeria, Radio France Internationale reports.
The radio stated that a DSCA list of “so-called Excess Defence Articles” slated for Nigeria specified that the US military was about to transfer Caiman trucks, armoured vehicles designed “to defeat current and emerging threats.”
It added that the US government was also transporting armoured vehicles known as MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), made by Navistar Defence, an Illinois company, and Israeli-based Plasan Sasa.
Caiman trucks, armoured vehicles designed “to defeat current and emerging threats.”