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Nigeria to establish weapons factory

August 7, 2015 6:11 pm

Nigeria is going to establish a domestic weapons factory in an effort to cut its dependence on imported arms, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The defence ministry had been told to develop plans for a “modest military industrial complex,” the president, who came to power in May, said

Nigeria has been battling the militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the last six years.

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The US has refused to sell arms to Nigeria citing human rights abuses.

President Buhari told a gathering of newly graduated military officers that Nigeria “must evolve viable mechanisms for near-self-sufficiency” in defence equipment that it usually imports.

On a visit to Washington last month, Mr Buhari said that the US had “aided and abetted” Boko Haram in the past by refusing to sell weapons to Nigeria.

A US law prevents the government from selling arms to countries which fail to tackle human rights abuses.

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