Nigeria hands over intercepted vehicles to US government

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Rebecca Mu’azu, Yola

Nigerian government has handed over Six Mine Resistance Multipurpose Vehicles that were intercepted along Nigeria Cameroon boarder to the American government some months ago.

Handing over the vehicles to the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of United States of America in Nigeria, Kathleen FitzGibbon, the Comptroller of Customs in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States, Mr. Kamardeen Olumoh, who represented the Controller General of the Nigerian Customs service, said it was a directive from the National Security Adviser to release the vehicle to the American Government.

“I am directed by the National Security Adviser to comply, release and hand over the Vehicles to the American Government”.

Responding on behalf of the American Government, Ms FitzGibbon, thanked Nigerian government for its understanding.

She said the vehicles were on route to Niger Republic for a security mission when they were intercepted at Nigeria/Cameroon boarder by the Joint Task Force.

“Nigeria and America have good relationship and understanding and the vehicles were on route to Niger Republic for security mission,” FitzGibbon said.

She equally thanked the Nigerian authority for keeping the vehicles safe, saying the American Air force Carrier would transport the vehicles to Niger Republic.

Military and security Chiefs from various security formations and some Military and security Attaché of the American Embassy

were present at the handing over event.

Lateefah Ibrahim