The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Directorate of State (DOS) has commenced moves to scuttle the sale of A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft to Nigeria.
IPOB, to that effect, has appealed to the Congress of the United States of America not to approve the sale of the aircrafts to Nigerian government.
In a press release signed by spokesperson for IPOB, Barrister Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, IPOB alleged that the “aircraft will be used for aerial bombardment and mass-murder of Biafrans.”
IPOB, therefore, called on the US Congress to cancel the arms deal and save the lives of Biafrans which will be wasted when these attack aircraft are used to bomb Biafraland within days of landing in Nigeria.
The press release titled “An Appeal To The American Congress Not To Approve The Sale Of The A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft To The Genocidal Government Of Nigeria” reads in full:
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Directorate of State (DOS) hereby appeal to the Congress of the United States of America not to approve the sale of the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano (also called A-29) attack aircraft to the murderous and genocidal government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because these aircraft will be used for aerial bombardment and mass-murder of Biafrans.
On August 3, 2017, a New-York based online news media, Saharareporters, reported that “The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria.”
Saharareporters further stated that “The [State] Department notified the US Congress, which has 30 days to approve the deal, of the $593 million foreign military sales on 2 August” and that “the package includes the aircraft, weapons, training, spare parts and facilities to support the program.”
Apart from the genocidal intents of the Nigerian government as the overarching reason for the procurement of the attack aircraft, the DOS is appealing to the US Congress to deny approval of the sale of these attack aircraft because of three reasons, namely;
1. Mis-use of Technical capabilities,
2. Legal (violation of Leahy Law), and,
3. Commercial (procurement fraud).
The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano (A-29) is a turboprop light attack aircraft which is designed to operate in extremely rugged terrain with aerial reconnaissance missions capability especially in low-threat environments.
The aircraft is built on fourth-generation avionics and laden with weapons systems that deliver precision-guided munitions.
With an average cruise speed of 520 km/hr (323 mph or 281 knots), a range of 1,330 km (827 miles), a combat radius of 550 km (342 miles) under a maximum take-off weight of 5,400 kg (11,905 lb), and operational elevation of 10,668 m (35,000 feet), the A-29 is one of the deadliest attack aircraft in the world.
It is not surprising that the A-29 has recorded successful missions such as in “Operation Agata” in Brazil and the Anti-FARC missions during Operations “Phoenix”, “Sodoma”, “Darien”, “Odiseo”, “Frontera”, and “Faraon”, to mention but a few.
However, the part that is most worrisome to the DOS is the array of armaments of the A-29 which includes guns, rockets, and missiles all of which are delivered with precision-guided electronics and instrumentation systems.
The A-29 missiles delivery capability include incendiary bombs such as BINC-300 (with Napalm warhead) and cluster bombs such as BLG-252 with devastating effects from the dispersion of its sub-munitions.
The DOS wants to remind the world that within three weeks of becoming the president of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari bombed Biafraland using a low-precision and less sophisticated attack aircraft with bombs that have Napalm as the warheads.
In that genocidal act which occurred from June 17 to June 19, 2015, scores of Biafrans were roasted while others had their bodies mangled by the torrents of these bombs with Napalm warheads.
With the A-29, there is no doubt that Muhammadu Buhari and his genocidal government will wipe out the entire people of Biafra with ease in a matter of a few sorties.
The DOS wishes to remind the US Congress that Nigeria is not among the “Fast Track” countries but a country indicted continually on human rights abuses.
From the legal perspective, the DOS asserts that if the Congress approves the sale of the A-29, this shall constitute a violation of the Leahy Law which forbids the US Government from selling arms or providing military supports to countries that violate human rights.
Nigeria is one of the countries indicted by two human rights organizations, Amnesty International and Intersociety, for gross violation of human rights.
[The reports of these two organizations are in the public domain for everyone to access and read.]
In addition, The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a Washington DC based law firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC, entered an order on June 2, 2017 authorizing ten (10) Biafran Plaintiffs to sue fourteen Nigerian government agents for complicity in the 2016 torture and extrajudicial killings of unarmed Biafrans.
This order was made via a Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-01033 which has been assigned to United States District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton.