June 28, 2014

United States Government transfers military equipment and vehicles to the Nigerian Army

Boko Haram fallout.

The United States Government transferred to the Nigerian Army non-armed Toyota Land Cruiser, communication and force protection equipment in support of the Nigerian Army’s battle against terrorism. These military equipment will enhance the operational capabilities of the Nigerian Army.

A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said the equipment transferred included non-armed Toyota Land Cruiser , communication, and force protection equipment. Major General Ibrahim Sani, Chief of (Nigerian) Army Transformation and Innovation, received the equipment from the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa, General James Linder on behalf of the Nigerian Army. The U.S. government has been supportive of the Nigerian government since the abduction of over 250 girls from their dormitory in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, on April 14.

About 219 of the girls are still in the custody of the Boko Haram despite the global outcry and condemnation that trailed their abduction.The U.S. on Tuesday tried to clarify why the girls have not been freed despite the support of American officials in their search.Ambassador Phillip Carter of the US African Command (AFRICOM) said in Accra that the U.S. government is only assisting the Nigerian government in the search for the girls.The US Army is already training a 650-member Nigerian army 'Rangers' special anti-terror force.

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