US Special Forces’ Rescue Operation Approved by Nigeria, Says Defence Minister

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By Deji Elumoye in Abuja

The federal government on Tuesday formally reacted to the rescue of a kidnapped United States citizen by the US military saying the rescue mission was not without the approval of the Nigerian government.

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), told reporters after his defence of the Defence Ministry’s 2021 budget estimate before the Senate, that Nigeria granted the United States Special Military Force the permission to rescue the American citizen kidnapped by bandits in Northern Nigeria.

He explained that Nigeria gave the go-ahead to the United States “as a friendly country” as soon as it was contacted by US government thereby invalidating claims that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s sovereignty.

Details later…