Limit use of Super Tucano jets to Northern Nigeria, U.S. tells FG

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The United States Government has warned that the twelve Super Tucano fighter jets it  recently sold to Nigeria should be deployed to the Northern part of the country.

They were feelers that the federal government was going to deploy some of the aircraft to the South-East geo-political zone to crush self-determination agitators tagged terrorists by the Nigerian government.

Foremost secessionist group, IPOB, had petitioned the foreign country to desist from selling the platforms to the Buhari regime because it uncovered that it will be used against its members who are peacefully demanding the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic.

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Responding to a question earlier in the week, US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor, Jonathan Finer said the terms of agreement for the sale of the aircraft was that it will only be deployed to the North-East zone where Boko Haram have waged decade-long war against the secularism of the nation.

“We are pleased to deepen our security cooperation with the Nigerian government,” Mr Finer said at an event attended by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard. “I think we made it very clear our expectations about this platform where it would be used and in the right way and we are always raising concerns when we have them and that it’s true with all our security partners around the world.

“This is an important platform for security, particularly in the North and we are pleased the transaction is finally concluded.”

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