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    Nigeria intends to construct its first domestic military-industrial plant, Nigerean Charge d'Affaires to Russia Gafai Ibrahim Usman told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in August, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the country’s intention to build a weapon-producing plant to decrease the country’s current dependence on foreign arms.

    "Right now, we are at the level of planning," Usman said, adding that the president had ordered the country’s Defense Ministry to set up a project to build the plant as quickly as possible.

    The diplomat provided no further details on a timeframe for the start of construction or the beginning of operations.

    Nigeria is fighting Boko Haram, a violent religious group that has reportedly killed some 17,000 people in the north of the country since 2009, according to Amnesty International.

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