Russia is to sell 12 attack helicopters to Nigeria after both countries signed a military deal on the side-lines of the Russia-Africa summit holding in Sochi.
Reuters, citing a report from Moscow-based news agency RIA, stated that the agreement was signed on Wednesday, October 24 in Sochi.
Earlier, a presidential aide, Garba Sheh, had disclosed that President Buhari was to have discussions with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, part of which will concern arms procurement.
Ahead of the Russia-Africa summit, Legit.ng had reported that the Russian Federation could help Nigeria battle Boko Haram terrorists if both countries sign a military-technical cooperation deal scheduled to take place on October 2019.
The Nigerian ambassador to Russia, Steve Ugbah, had told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview that president Buhari was due to meet President Putin on the side-lines of a Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
Ugbah said deal between Russia and Nigeria which he said had already been drafted ahead of the meeting between both leaders.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari met President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Russia-Africa Economic forum in Sochi on Wednesday, October 23.
The Nigerian president attended the forum alongside more than thirty African heads of state and governments including the chairman of the African Union and president of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
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