Nigeria, Russia sign military cooperation deal

Nigeria and Russia have signed a new military-technical cooperation agreement.

A statement by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia said the deal provides a legal framework for the supply, servicing of military equipment, training of personnel and technology transfer.

Defence Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd.), who led top military officials to Russia, signed on behalf of Nigeria.

Dmitry Shugaev, Director of Federal Service for PliIitary-Technical Cooperation signed on behalf of Russia.

Nigerian Ambassador, Prof. Abdullahi Shehu, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Auwal Gambo, and representatives from the Army and Air Force were present.

The signing marks the termination of the 20-year similar agreement entered on March 6, 2001.

Shehu explained that the partnership was purely for complementary and mutual benefits.

In 2017 and 2019, Nigeria and Russia signed military cooperation and trade agreements.

The 2017 deal allows Nigerian servicemen to be trained in Russia’s military educational establishments.

The countries agreed to exchange peacekeeping experience on piracy and terrorism.

In the 2019 accord, the cooperation extended from military collaboration to oil, gas, trade, rail development, among others.

The pact was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit. Nigeria is also seeking the advancement of nuclear power.