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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Insurgency, crude oil top reasons US set to lift arms embargo on Nigeria

Head of the United States Congress Committee delegation on Judiciary to Nigeria, Mr. Darrel Issa, said his country may be considering lifting its arms embargo on Nigeria soon, ITRealms reports.

Issa was interacting with the press after meeting with the nation’s defence and military chiefs at the National Defence College, Abuja, recently. He said that military chiefs and the American delegation talked elaborately on the issue of an enlarged support in the area of aerial surveillance critical to the fight against the insurgency and the theft of the nation’s crude oil resources, ITRealms also reports.

Issa said the US had commenced the process of lifting the restrictions of the Leahy Law on Nigeria because of the recent moves to professionalize the military by the Chief of Defence Staff and the service chiefs.

Besides, he stated that the US was relying on President MohammaduBuhari and the military chiefs to rebuild the trust of Nigerians in the military as an institution that would protect the citizenry.

The Leahy Law, ITRealms gathered, is a human rights law of the US, which prevents the State Department and the Department of Defense from selling arms and ammunition to countries whose militaries are believed to have committed brazen acts of rights violation.

The Punch report said the refusal of the US Government to sell arms to the country because of the Leahy Amendment, forced the country, under President Goodluck Jonathan, to explore other options including the black market to get desperately needed arms and ammunition to halt the advances of the Boko Haram in 2014.

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