Nigerian air force says to buy 12 US fighter planes

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The United States has formally agreed to sell 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons to Nigeria, the West African country’s air force said.

The agreement now rekindles a deal that was frozen by the Obama administration over rights concerns.

Former US President Barack Obama delayed the sale in one of his last decisions in office after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp in January.

Current President Donald Trump however decided to go ahead with the sale in support of the country’s fight against jihadist terror group al-Shabaab.

The Nigerian air force on said it had receives letters of offer and acceptance from the US ambassador.

It said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale and final agreements would be signed and necessary payments made before February 20.

U.S. government and Nigerian Air Force officials would meet in early January to discuss the early delivery of the aircraft once payment had been made, the Nigerian air force said.

The sale of the 12 aircraft, with weapons and services, is worth $593 million, and includes thousands of bombs and rockets.

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