The Trump administration is greenlighting a nearly $600m sale of 12 high-tech attack planes to Nigeria, even as human rights groups raise concerns about abuses by the African nation’s security forces.
That’s according to officials briefed on the matter who weren’t authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.
Former President Barack Obama had abruptly put the sale on hold in his last days in office, after a Nigerian bombing that killed civilians and aid workers.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari discussed the sale in his first phone call with President Donald Trump.
The State Department notified Congress late on Wednesday of its plans to approve the sale. That starts a 30-day period in which lawmakers could try to block the sale. It’s unlikely Congress will block the sale.