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FG Reinstates $195m Maritime Security Contract To Israeli Firm

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The federal government has reinstated the $195 million defence procurement contract earlier cancelled by President Muhammadu Buhari, which was awarded to an Israeli firm, LEADERSHIP has learned. The reinstatement of the contract was announced by the director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside at a press briefing with maritime journalists in Lagos, recently. Recall that the maritime security contract that was signed off by the Federal Executive Council in December 2017, would have seen the contractor, HSLI, earn $195 million in exchange for three helicopters, three aircraft, three big battle-ready ships, 12 vessels and 20 amphibious cars to secure Nigerian waters. President Buhari in May 2018 cancelled the contract via a memo dispatched by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, directing attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to terminate the contract and for the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) to investigate how the contractor obtained security clearance without an end-user certificate. Buhari also ordered HLSI Security Systems and Technologies to supply equipment equivalent to the $50 million upfront payment it received from Nigeria. Also, in January this year, Nigeria’s House of Representatives criticised the management of NIMASA for awarding the contract to HLSI, saying it is a breach of Nigeria’s internal security, and defies local content laws.
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