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United states Leahy Law prevents them sharing intelligence,weapons with Nigerian armed forces

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The United states intelligence services has severely limited the sharing of intelligence with Nigerian Armed forces contending against Boko Haram due to concerns about human right abuses.According to the Nigerian armed forces intelligence chief speaking recently ,the United states are reluctant to share information for instance on precise location of Boko Haram insurgents,for fear of collateral damage and killing of innocent indigenes.These concerns have affected the ability to assist the combined efforts of Nigeria's neighbours Niger|Chad and Cameroon.Speaking regarding the issue the Nigerian chief of Defence intelligence Rear Amiral Gabriel Okoi while speaking at an official function in the United states,lamented that the US were not doing enough to share intelligence with Nigeria."Terrorists don't wait to share information, so why should countries? We need to share intel as we have it," Okoi informed an Atlantic Council forum he was addressing. 

According to Rear Admiral Ogoi unravelling the reason for the United State's reluctance, the Leahy Law,which bars the United States from providing training or equipment to foreign troops who commit human-rights violations has severely hampered Nigeria's efforts in contending against Boko Haram  "The U.S. is doing its best, but the Leahy law is hindering our cooperation," Okoi said.A number of Human rights organisations have severely criticised the Nigerian Army for human rights abuses,and not doing enough to respect the rights of captured Boko haram insurgents.The Nigerian Army fighting under very difficult circumstances have tried illustrate the challenges they face in real time combat and how this impacts.

 

 

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