Questions on cost of A29 aircraft should be referred to Nigerian government - US Mission

Questions on cost of A29 aircraft should be referred to Nigerian government - US Mission

- The United States Mission in Nigeria has rebuffed enquiries on the purchase price of the 12 A29 Super Tucano aircraft by the Nigeria government

- The Nigerian government is enmeshed in a controversy over purchase price of the aircraft which is meant to effectively decimate Boko Haram

- Depending on the configuration, each A29 Super Tucano aircraft is reported to cost between $9 and $18 million

Following the controversy surrounding the purchase of 12 A29 Super Tucano aircraft by the Nigeria government, the United States has rebuffed enquiries on the purchase price of the aircraft.

The Nigerian government is currently enmeshed in the controversy over the manner of payment for the aircraft without appropriation by National Assembly, a development that stirred mutterings by legislators who want the president sanctioned over the issue, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng gathered that Nigerians have also been stirred by the 2020 delivery date for the aircraft which some argue could mean allowing the insurgency to fester into the life of the succeeding administration.

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However, the purchase price of the 12 aircraft at $496 million, meaning $41.3 million each, had been flayed as exaggerated compared to the price the same aircraft was sold to other countries. Each A29 Super Tucano aircraft is reported to cost between $9 and $18 million depending on configuration.

When the United States Mission in Nigeria, was contacted on the development, the mission however, drew back from commenting on the controversy.

“Questions pertaining to total cost, payment and delivery options should be referred to the Nigerian government,” the United States Mission in Nigeria said.

In a previous report by Legit.ng, President Muhammadu Buhari was assured by the United States president, Donald Trump, that his country will soon release fighter jets worth $496 million to Nigeria to aid the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.

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The US president gave the assurance on Monday, April 30, at a conference with President Buhari after their meeting in the White House, Daily Trust reports. Trump said the aircraft would improve the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

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Source: Legit.ng

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