US lawmakers stop $875m arms sale to Nigeria, delay approval of proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters, cite human rights violations, anti-democratic actions by FG
The United States lawmakers have delayed clearing a proposed sale of the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter and support systems worth about $875 million to Nigeria over human rights concerns.
Amongst other reasons given by the lawmakers is the recent ban on Twitter, Systemic corruption issues, and the alleged role of Nigeria military on crackdown on protesters after widespread demonstrations against police brutality last year – EndSars.
Their concerns stemmed from the fact that Nigeria was excluded, despite daily reports of terrorist violence, mass forced displacement, rise in abductions for ransom and a general backsliding on democratic practices.
But the Presidency in a swift reaction, said Nigeria will get every necessary assistance it wants from the US government.
According to information sent by the US State Department to Congress and reviewed by Foreign Policy, the proposed sale included 28 helicopter engines produced by GE Aviation, 14 military-grade aircraft navigation systems made by Honeywell, and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon systems—laser-guided rocket munitions.