The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has instituted a lawsuit towards the United States Secretary of State, Tony Blinken and Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin over their roles within the provide of A-29 Super Tucano navy plane to the Nigerian navy.
In a doc sighted by SaharaReporters, the case was instituted on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, on July 31.
The group, by its undersigned legal professional, Bruce Fein complained of the violation of the Leahy amendments 22 U.S.C. 2378d and 10 U.S.C 2249e and the executive Procedure Act 5 U.S.C 706 (A) and (C) searching for declarative and injunctive aid towards the defendants.
The Leahy legislation refers to 2 statutory provisions prohibiting the U.S. Government from utilizing funds for help to items of overseas safety forces the place there may be credible info implicating that unit within the fee of gross violations of human rights.
One statutory provision applies to the State Department headed by Blinken and the opposite applies to the Department of Defense, Austin.
The members of the group in predominantly Imo and Ebonyi states within the south-eastern area of the nation stated the defendants prohibited the above-stated legislation by the provision of the plane to Nigeria.
They said that it’s prone to trigger “death, bodily injury, destruction of property by A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft if the planes are delivered by the United States to the government of Nigeria and incorporated into the Nigerian Airforce to assist the ongoing genocide of Biafrans”.
IPOB recognized itself as a registered neighborhood curiosity firm that advocates, by peaceable means, an impartial Biafran nation separate from Nigeria within the face of the lingering persecution of its residents by the Nigerian authorities.
The group alleged gross human rights violations by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration citing cases of airstrikes in cities throughout the South-East. It additionally said that officers below the watch of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari had indiscriminately arrested and ‘kidnapped’ younger Igbo women and men at varied areas and their whereabouts are unknown thus far.
It was additionally said that Kyari had presided over the burning of a number of homes and overseen the harm of properties believed to belong to folks advocating for the liberty of Biafra.
IPOB, thereafter, referred to as for the suspension of the availability of one other set of the A-29 Super Tucano navy plane to the Nigerian authorities and likewise enjoined the United States to recall those already equipped to the nation.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had earlier disclosed that the Federal Government can be launching the six Super Tucano fighter plane bought from the United States on Tuesday, August 3.