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Military budgets N38bn for weapons in 2018

The Nigerian military has budgeted about N38bn for the purchase of ammunition, fighter jets and helicopters in 2018 as part of its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

This figure was obtained from the breakdown of procurements covering the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy, as contained in the 2018 budget.

Our correspondent learnt from the breakdown that the army budgeted N5,281,288,780 for the “procurement of ammunition of various types and calibres,” while it said another N1,024,800,000 was for part payment for three light utility helicopters.

In the 2017 budget, the army had also budgeted N5bn for the procurement of weapons to prosecute the anti-terrorism war.

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