The United States has agreed to sell a total of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes to Nigeria along with other weapons, including bombs.
The confirmation was made by the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria who presented the letters of offer and acceptance to Nigeria’s air force on Wednesday.
The Air Force in a statement released on Wednesday confirmed the latest development wherein it added that the U.S. State Department had approved the sale and final agreements.
The Air Force further noted that the necessary payments would be made before Feb. 20.
Recall that the former U.S. President, Barack Obama, had delayed the sale of the jets along with other ammunition to Nigeria after the Nigerian Air Force bombed a refugee camp in January.
Donald Trump however decided to press on with the transaction with Nigeria irrespective of the grounds of hold which was maintained upon by the previous administration.
The air force added that the U.S. government and Nigerian Air Force officials would meet in early January to discuss the delivery of the aircraft once payment had been made.
The transaction is reported to be worth a total of $593 million.