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US Stopped Israel From Selling Arms To Nigeria

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Twenty-four hours after US Secretary of State, John Kerry held meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), where he pledged his country’s determination to work with Nigeria to end the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, Israeli media has revealed that the United States halted the resale of arms by Israel to Nigeria.

According to aviation-focused website, flightglobal.com, Nigeria had shown interest in buying surplus Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters that were phased out of service by the Israeli air force in 2013, as well as in Israeli-produced unmanned air systems. But the US blocked any sale by Israel of surplus American-made weapon systems to Nigeria, and also indicated that Israeli-made equipment should be exported to the country only “under strict conditions”.

The transfer of such aircraft requires a review to determine its “consistency with US policy interests,” Obama administration officials told The Jerusalem Post.

Negotiations were said to have started, but Israel’s defence ministry ordered them to stop following a request by Washington, a source familiar with the process revealed to FlightGlobal. The US administration probably does not want to be involved in any way in the domestic war in Nigeria between the nation’s army and Boko Haram militants, the source adds.

Israeli sources say Nigeria had also wanted to purchase more Israeli-made UAS. The country in 2006 purchased a number of Aerostar vehicles made by Aeronautics Defense Systems in a deal reported to be worth $260 million.

The Israeli defence ministry declines to make a statement on the matter, noting: “We never comment on the export of Israeli-made weapon systems.”

US’s reason for blocking the transfer has been attributed to fears of human rights abuse by the military, an allegation Nigerian officials describe as unfounded.

“The kind of question that we have to ask is, let’s say we give certain kinds of equipment to the Nigerian military that is then used in a way that affects the human situation,” US ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle told reporters in October, according to the New York Times.

“If I approve that, I’m responsible for that. We take that responsibility very seriously.”

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  1. makei talk

    January 27, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I am terribly worried over the actions and inactions of the US. They are first to criticise when things go wrong and won’t offer help when the need arises. The US govt created fears about 2015 many years ago and when the much needed military wares are in high need, they turn their backs on us. I DO NOT TRUST THE US GOVT.
    When Ebola struct Nigeria, they refused to offer help, but God is greater than any man or country. We survived- much to the displeasure of the US govt.
    This should make the Nigerian Govt wake up and promote science and technology in the country. We can also create and invent things like the Koreans, Chinese, and Israelis too.
    Necessities during the civil war led to creative inventions. Let our necessities drive us to wonderful inventions. Yes we can!!!

    • MIKE BARIDORN

      January 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Is their refusal to sell Nigeria arms to affirm their earlier pronouncement that Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015? I don’t trust the US either.

  2. alex

    January 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I am not suprised at d this development. when Jonathan signed d homosexual law dat was d instant nig fell out of favour wit Obama. his actions and inactions fell short of sanctioning nig if nt 4 d criticism of other international communities. i realy do nt think all americans ar bad however, d US president who is our brother unfortunately is very biased. his body language shows dat he is nt happy wit nig 4 whatever personal reason which he code name “human rights”. i hope he does not near this country after he leaves office and may his daughters fall in love and marry older and very ugly women.

  3. oluyemi

    January 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The reasons he postulated does not even make sense, if the equipment we give to the nigerian govt affect their human condition. We r fight people who is wiping away our fellow country men and dey are still doing it. Of cos we nid suffisticated weapons. In wat way den do they intend to help, if Givin our war equipments is not an option Or rather not a gud human situration

  4. Leon

    January 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    lie this Americans think we are dimmies .. The reason is that you Americans monopolies the arlm market and you won’t allow this country to look elsewhere .. Now you want to start manufacturing AKS in US so this country must buy from you .. You are hypocrite you know what is happening in Boko Haram .. You are allowing people dieing in hundred every day and you come here to talk rubbish about a cobra helicopter … Shame on America !

  5. Ty

    January 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

    English language is sick in your comments.
    I recommend pidgin for you all.
    This situation is a diplomatic one that requires meticulous analysis before any deductions.#Chuckles

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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