Thursday, 2 May 2013

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US Withdraws Military Assistance To Nigeria Over Baga Massacre


The United States Government has withdrawn military assistance to Nigeria, according to a report by The Will Nigeria. The US Govt cited various human rights violations by Nigerian security forces, particularly the military, over the killing of dozens and destruction of hundreds of residences in Baga, a town in Borno State on April 16th and 17th.

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terence P. McCulley in a private meeting today Thursday May 2nd in Abuja disclosed the US government position to about ten members of the human rights community in Nigeria. Mr. Terrence said  that the US congress had passed a law that bars the US from rendering military assistance to any government that violates basic rights of citizens. He said the US govt has therefore ceased to assist Nigeria militarily in obedience to the law.

The US before now supported the Nigerian military and security agencies with training, intelligence and weapons.

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