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[Photos] U.S Army Donates Armoured Vehicles To Nigerian Army
he United States government Thursday officially handed over 24 mine-resistant armour-protected vehicles to the Nigerian army.
At a brief ceremony in Lagos, the US government said the donation was part of its commitment to assist Nigeria in its war against insurgency.
”For many years the Nigerian armed forces has been a strong partner of the United States,” said Patrick Doyle, a Colonel and the US Defence Attaché to Nigeria.
The armoured vehicles, which arrived the country on New Year day, were part of the US government’s Excess Defence Articles Programme, a programme designed to transfer excess US military equipment to partner nations.
Eight more of the vehicles are expected to arrive the country soon.
The 24 armoured vehicles are worth $11 million (brand new ones), according to Mr. Doyle, and the other expected eight are valued at $7.5 million.
”The repairs of the vehicles is up to the Nigerian government to do that,” he said.
Source: Premium Times