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- A Nigerien Hima Aboubakar and a United States arms dealer Ara Dolarin are currently in court over a $246 million (N77.55 billion) Nigerian arms procurement contract

- Aboubakar filed a suit against the US-based dealer before a court in California

- The Nigerien alleged that Dolarian failed to ship bombs and rockets worth $8.6 million (N2.7 billion) to the Nigerian military

A Nigerien Hima Aboubakar and a United States arms dealer Ara Dolarin are currently in court, over a $246 million (N77.55 billion) Nigerian arms procurement contract, The Punch reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that the contract which was approved in 2014 was meant for supply of weapons, helicopters, bombs and ammunition to be used in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.

However, the contract packed up a year after and the arms were never delivered which led the Aboubakar filing a suit against the US-based dealer before a court in California.

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In his suit, the Nigerien alleged that Dolarian failed to ship bombs and rockets worth $8.6 million (N2.7 billion) to the Nigerian military.

He said the failure to meet up with the deal damaged his reputation with the Nigerian authorities as a trusted arms supplier to the military.

But in his argument, the US based arms dealer said he contrary to the claims by Aboubakar, he was caught in a money laundering scheme.

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He said the money meant for the arms supply was stolen form the coffers of the Nigerian government.

US dealer, Nigerien in court over Nigeria's arms deal

US dealer, Nigerien in court over Nigeria's arms deal

In a reaction to a description of the Nigeria's controversial arms deal by Transparency International, the defence spokesperson John Eneche, a major general said the ministry of defence does a government to government deals and do not used contractor anymore.

Also a researcher with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Pieter Wezeman said the deal between Dolarian, Aboubakar and his company Societe d’Equipments Internationaux “rings alarm bells”.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerien has also said that he continues to work with the Nigerian government in supply and delivering arms to the military.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki among many other top politicians and government officials are currently facing criminal trial in various courts across Nigeria.

These individuals have been accused of diverting over $2.1 billion popularly known as 'arms deal' meant for the procurement of arms to be used in the fight against insurgency.

The officials were said to have diverted the money to the purpose of the last Peoples Democratic Party's presidential campaign in 2015.

You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Rotimi Amaechi giving a summary of the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration below:

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