WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The United States has approved a weapons sale to Nigeria for around $1 billion, claiming that legislators had put a hold on the deal because to concerns about possible human rights violations by the Nigerian government.
In July, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee decided to sell 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters from Bell.
On Thursday, the State Department announced that it would approve the sale of the attack helicopters worth $997 million.
"This sale will support the United States' foreign policy and national security goals, according to a statement.
Nigeria has been fighting armed robberies and kidnappings for a ransom, owing to the fact that thinly deployed security forces have struggled to control the influence of armed gangs.
Officials in the United States have accused Nigerian military forces of exerting excessive force on unarmed civilians, and are demanding restraint following the launch of rocket fire on demonstrators in Lagos in October 2020.