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Boko Haram: Britain doubles military aid to Nigeria to defeat insurgents

By Soni Daniel

Conscious of the need to assist Nigeria to defeat the surging Boko Haram scourge, the British Government, yesterday, announced the immediate increase of its military experts to Nigeria to help sharpen the Nigeria troops to tackle the insurgents.

The British Defenace Minister, Michael Fallon, announced the new deal, while speaking with journalists at the British High Commission in Abuja.

Fallon said his country had also reviewed the current war that Nigeria was waging with the Boko Haram terrorists and had adopted new strategists to help Nigeria to better handle the onslaught and bring the threat to an end.

To start with, the minister said that his country has raised the number of military experts who are train the Nigerian army in intelligence gathering, gathering and handling of improvised explosive devices, airfield defence system and how to treat and evacuate casualties.

Fallon explained that while Britain would not send ground troops to fight alongside Nigerian army, it would nonetheless double funding from the current £6 million in the next year.

The minister said it was untrue that Britain refused to sell arms to Nigeria, pointing out that the country does not have a different set of rules guiding arms sales to any country.

He said that during his visit he met with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Defence Staff with a view to assessing what Nigeria needs in order to defeat Boko Haram and pave the way for the reconstruction of the Northeast.



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