Secessionist group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has instituted a suit against the United States of America, Tony Blinken and his counterpart in Defence, Lloyd Austin over their roles in the supply of A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft to the Nigerian military.
Njenje Media News reports that the 15-page document suit was instituted at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, on July 31.
IPOB through its attorney, Bruce Fein affirmed that the Leahy amendments 22 U.S.C. 2378d and 10 U.S.C 2249e and the administrative Procedure Act 5 U.S.C 706 (A) and (C) were violated and further sought for declarative and injunctive relief against the defendants.
The Leahy law is a provision that prohibited the United States Government from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross violations of human rights.
The group through its attorneys stated that the supply of the aircraft to Nigeria by the defendants is a prohibition of the Leahy Law and the action is likely to cause “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”.
Njenje Media News recalls that Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had disclosed that the Federal Government would be launching the six Super Tucano fighter aircraft purchased from the United States on Tuesday, August 3.