President Buhari terminates $195 million ‘Israeli’ security contract promoted by Amaechi

//President Buhari terminates $195 million ‘Israeli’ security contract promoted by Amaechi

Earlier this week, the President terminated a new defence procurement contract initiated by the members of his cabinet over allegations of fraud. The contract, signed off by the Federal Executive Council in December 2017, would have seen the contractor, HSLi, net $195 million in exchange for an undisclosed number of special mission aircraft, special mission helicopters and 12 fast intervention vessels for the Nigerian Navy. The Guardian later reported that the contract would see Nigeria acquire 3 helicopters, 3 aircraft, 3 big battle-ready ships, 12 vessels & 20 amphibious cars to secure Nigerian waters. The deal was midwived by Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, but the House of Representatives raised questions about details of the contract and the identity of the contractor. In the memo dispatched by the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, directing the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to terminate the contract, the president ordered the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency to investigate how the contractor obtained security clearance for the job without an end-user certificate. Source: Premium Times