Nigerian hold up

Suggestions that shadowy groups are behind hold up.

‘Saboteurs stall $195m maritime security contract’

By Sulaimon Salau

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has alleged that some saboteurs are frustrating moves by the Federal Government to protect Nigerian waters through the $195 million (about N70.2 billion) contract signed a year ago. Amaechi had in May last year announced that President Mohammadu Buhari had consented to the contract and approved the funds to procure security equipment to combat sea crime.

The fund is meant to acquire three helicopters, three aircrafts, three big battle-ready ships, 12 vessels and 20 amphibious cars to combat the menace of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The contract had been approved to an Israeli security firm, but it has rather become a mirage.

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