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Nigerian Military May Lose Newly Bought Super Tucano Jets To Jihadi Terrorists—Ex-US Ambassador

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A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell has expressed concern that the not too long ago acquired Tremendous Tucano fighter jets could also be hijacked by bandits and terrorists.

Mr Campbell relates his prediction to the autumn of the Afghanistan authorities and the takeover of comparable high-grade navy jet fighter by the Talibans.



The Afghan authorities had additionally acquired 23 Tremendous Tucanos from US to fight the Talibans however with the collapse of the Afghan authorities and the autumn of Kabul, not all the plane have been accounted for. Some Afghan pilots flew their planes in a foreign country. Nonetheless, a minimum of one Tremendous Tucano is now within the arms of the Taliban.

Mr Campbell who wrote for CFR, defined the situations of how terrorist teams seized different navy tools in Nigeria, expressing worries on whether or not the plane shall be used to fight terrorism or used in opposition to different targets such because the Biafran agitators or Delta militants.

“Although it appears unlikely at current, there may be additionally the potential {that a} Tremendous Tucano may fall into the arms of a jihadi terrorist group.

“Now that the Tremendous Tucanos are a part of the Nigerian Air Drive, a difficulty shall be how they’re used. Will they be used solely in opposition to jihadi terrorists within the North, or will there be the temptation to make use of them in opposition to different targets, akin to Biafran separatists, Delta militants, and even cattle rustlers? Broader use will increase the potential for civilian casualties. 

“A Biafran separatist motion, the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB), is suing to dam the sale in a Washington, D.C. courtroom,” he stated.

Nigeria separatist group Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) had sued U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin over the sale of assault planes.

IPOB stated the Nigerian authorities will use the warplanes to assault its supporters.

Additionally some critics, human rights teams and a few members of the U.S. Congress had opposed the sale of the plane to Nigeria, citing the fixed abuse of human rights by the regime of Muhammadu Buhari. 

NAF formally inducted the six A-29 Tremendous Tucano fighter jets on Tuesday, to help its combat in opposition to insecurity within the nation. Nigeria was stated to have bought the A-29s at about $500 million by means of Overseas Army Gross sales (FMS) programme. The American embassy in Abuja had described it as the biggest sale in sub-Saharan Africa.

Throughout the induction ceremony of the Tremendous Tucano jets the place journalists have been denied entrance, U.S. Division of Defence leaders who have been additionally current stated that the “plane will help the Nigerian Air Drive of their combat in opposition to violent extremist organisations together with the Islamic State West Africa Province.”

U.S. is offering $36.1 million in infrastructure as help on the Kanji Air Base, the place the Tremendous Tucanos shall be housed a press release by the embassy disclosed.

No few than 64 Nigerian pilots have been skilled at an American air pressure base on how one can deal with the plane.

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