India reiterates commitment to increased defence collaboration with Nigeria

The Indian Government has reiterated its commitment to further enhance the existing defence collaboration with Nigeria towards expanding the capabilities of both countries. The Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Abhay Thakur gave the commitment when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin on Friday. The High Commissioner said that his visit was to facilitate closer ties between India and Nigeria in order to deepen the existing diplomatic and defence relations which he said was instituted in 1960.

He disclosed that India had remained committed towards the existing defence collaboration that involved capacity development training, acquisition of platforms and logistics support, as well as research and development. Thakur disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of Long Range Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Detectors, signed by Indian and Nigerian Defence Research Bureaus would enhance their defence architectures.

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