Why U.S Must Block The Sales of Super Tucano Planes, IPOB Cries Out

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has filed charges in the United States, requesting that more Super Tucano combat planes be blocked from being sent to Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari.

In court filings obtained by Peoples Gazette, Mr Buhari and disgraced police commissioner Abba Kyari were accused of a laundry list of heinous human rights violations and genocidal charges, with IPOB’s Washington lawyer Bruce Fein warning that 70 million Igbo Christians in Nigeria’s south-east are at risk of being massacred and subjugated by Messrs Buhari and Kyari and their genocidal Muslim Fulani allies.

“President Buhari’s intends to use the Super Tucano advanced weapons to kill and maim Biafrans and destroy their property in his ongoing genocide conducted by Fulani controlled security forces guilty of atrocious human rights violations,” IPOB said in the July 31, 2021, complaint filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The complaint named Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as defendants, although no judge had been assigned as of the time of writing this article.

Mr Buhari has ordered 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes to combat Boko Haram in the current conflict. Six planes were delivered in July 2021, with six more scheduled for delivery in 2022 as part of a $600 million agreement signed by former President Donald Trump. Mr Kyari was forced to resign last weekend after a grand jury indicted him on wire fraud and money laundering allegations stemming from a cross-border probe led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The transaction, however, violates the 2008 Leahy Amendment, which forbids the sale of firearms to nations with a poor human rights record, according to IPOB’s attorneys.

The Buhari administration has a reputation for being harsh, divisive, and corrupt, all of which IPOB claims Mr Trump overlooked because he was more concerned with improving the US economy through the sale than with ostracizing the Nigerian regime for its misdeeds.

“At present, President Buhari is conducting a genocide of Biafrans that is under investigation by the International Criminal Court through use of his Fulani controlled security forces, including the Nigerian Air Force,” the complaint said. Nnamdi Kanu’s abduction and repatriation to Nigeria from Kenya in June 2020 was also cited in the court documents as a competent demonstration of Mr Buhari’s brutish leadership.

The attorneys recounted many extrajudicial executions and unlawful arrests carried out by Mr Kyari and his colleagues in the South-East in recent months, and named ten IPOB members from across the area who would testify about the dangers of Mr Buhari’s Super Tucano sale to the Nigerian Air Force.

The Nigerian Air Force declined to respond to The Gazette. Mr Buhari’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Gazette’s requests for comment on the court papers.

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