Nigerian military receives 29 mine resistant vehicles

Barth Ikiebe

The vehicles on display

The Nigerian Military has received twenty nine mine-resisted and armour-protected vehicles from the United States as part of efforts to fighting the current security challenge in the country.

The United States has donated $11 million mine-resistant and armor-protected vehicles to the Nigerian army.

MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles donated by the U.S government

A statement issued by the public affairs section of the United States Consulate General in Lagos said the vehicles valued at $11 million were handed over to the military authorities on Thursday at the Nigerian army 9th brigade parade ground, Ikeja army cantonment in Lagos, South Western Nigeria.

The Nigerian Minister of Defence, represented by Major-General Barry Ndiomu, who received the donation on their behalf also inspected the U.S Armored Personnel Carrier in Lagos.

The statement read: “The US is pleased to donate 24  mine-resistant,  armor-protected (MRAP) vehicles valued at $11 million to Nigeria’s military authorities.

“The equipment donation represents part of the continuing US commitment to Nigeria and its neighbours to counter Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terror and promote regional security.”

Earlier, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, had re-emphasized the country’s commitment to assist Nigeria in its fight against boko haram.