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We did not spend $11m to ship donated armoured vehicles to Nigeria – Defence Minister

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has denied claims that it spent $11 million to transport 24 used Mine Resistant Armoured Protected (MRAP) vehicles, donated to the Nigerian Military by the United States Government.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said this while commissioning some Nigerian Air Force (NAF) projects as well as the inspection of the donated MRAP vehicles, in Lagos yesterday.

He said the vehicles never cost the federal government $11 million to transport into the country.

The minister who commissioned the 201 HAG Flight Line offices and crew room, 445 NAF hospital laboratory and power sub-station, Airmen transit quarters, the gymnasium and MRAP vehicles said: “It is not true that the Nigerian government was responsible for the transportation. The transportation cost the US Government $11 million and not the Nigerian government.”

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin who spoke on insurgency said Boko Haram has been degraded and that the terror sect do not pose any serious threat. More so, Air Marshal, Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff, added that President Buhari is commited towards addressing various security challenges across the country with a view to fast-track Nigeria’s socio-economic development.