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JUST IN: US forces’ operation not violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty, says FG

Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was in order, and not a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

The minister said the Nigerian government granted the America necessary permission to carry out the military operation.

Recall that the United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria.

In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate, on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government.

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He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Gen. Magashi (rtd) said the country was doing the best it could with what is available to the military to deploy adequate technology in its operations.

The minister, however, said that Nigeria would explore the current partnership with the United States to tackle insurgency in the country.

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