US forces’ operation not violation of Nigeria’s sovereignty —Defence minister

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The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the special forces on Nigerian soil was not a of the country’s sovereignty.


He said the Nigerian granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation.


The Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen by in the part of .

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

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

Magashi said the country was doing the best it could with what was available to the military to deploy adequate 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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