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House of Reps in rowdy session over calls for Buhari’s impeachment

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A member representing Obio/Akpor in the House of Representatives, Kingsley Chinda, has thrown the house into a rowdy session when he began calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment.

Mr Chinda, of the Peoples Democratic Party, was concerned over the payment of $496 million to the United States Government by the Buhari administration for the much needed 12 Super Tucano fighter jets.

The row was sparked up by a letter from Mr Buhari to the House of Representatives, as read by Speaker Yakubu Dogara during the Tuesday’s plenary.

Recall that the chambers of the National Assembly have been edgy over the payment, which they contended was done in breach of the constitution.

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The Pentagon last year August notified the U.S. Congress of the sale to Nigeria of the 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million, needed for the fight against the militant group, Boko Haram.

The package included thousands of bombs and rockets.

The sale was originally agreed by former President Barack Obama’s administration but was put off by the Obama administration after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians.

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But on 2 August, the deadlock was broken by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, when it announced that the sale would go ahead.

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The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.

A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp of Sparks, Nevada.

The Super Tucano costs more than $10 million each and the price can go much higher depending on the configuration. It is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT 6 engine.

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