Nigeria to buy French helicopters, Singapore patrol boat
The Nigerian government has agreed contracts to buy military hardware from France and Singapore worth more than 110 million dollars, its information minister has announced.
The 103 million dollar (69 million euro) deal with France also includes training, ground support equipment and spare parts.
Under a second contract, worth 8.8 million dollars (5.8 million euros) Nigeria will buy a fast patrol boat from Suncraft International in Singapore, to be used by the navy to patrol maritime borders, Akunyili said.
Militants have waged a violent campaign in the oil-rich Niger Delta for more than three years, saying they are fighting for greater share of oil wealth for their communities.
Violence had a significant impact on Nigeria's oil output, but a government amnesty has led many to lay down their arms, and peace talks have taken place between the government and key rebel groups.