A civil complaint against some officers of the Nigerian government, including the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai and President Muhammadu Buhari in the United States (US) courts have been revisited by the law firm of of Fein & DelValle PLLC.
The firm had on August 4, 2018 asked the US federal district court to reconsider and reverse its prior MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER dismissing a lawsuit to redress the alleged mass killings and torture of unarmed an defenseless pro-Biafra activists peacefully protesting their religious and ethnic persecution as well as other defenseless Igbo-Nigeria citizens going about their legitimate businesses by the Nigerian authorities.
The Board Chairman of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Emeka Umeagbalasi, recalled in an email to The Street Reporters Newspaper that the suit was originally filed on 30th June 2017 pursuant to the US Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of March 1992, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in *DOE 1, ET AL. v. TUKUR YUSUF BURATAI, ET AL, Civil Action No. 17-1033 (DLF).
The District Judge ( Dabney L. Friedrich) refused to reverse herself on 31st October 2018, forcing the Law Firm of Bruce Fein & DelValle, Washington DC to file a notice of appeal at the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and are determined and ready to pursue the all important matter to its logical conclusion at the US Supreme Court.
In a statement signed by the law firm titled “Atrocious Court Decision Immunizes Industrial Scale Murder or Torture in Nigeria’s Eastern Region: Case Headed for the United States Supreme Court”, it noted:
”According to the terrifying Halloween interpretation of the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) embraced by United States District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich in Doe 1 et al. v. Buratai et al.on October 31, 2018, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s military or security thugs may kill or torture Nigerians in the Eastern Region at his direction with impunity.
“If there are worse judicial decisions that insult human rights and the rule of law, they do not readily come to mind.
“It would seem that Judge Friedrich’s decision would immunize Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from TVPA liability for orchestrating the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and henceforth any and all other “extrajudicial killing(s)”… “under actual or apparent authority or color of law, of any foreign nation”, notwithstanding the clear and unequivocal language of the TVPA holding otherwise.
”We have filed a notice of appeal of Judge Friedrich’s judgment in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. If necessary, we will appeal all the way to the United States Supreme Court to vindicate the TVPA claims of Nigerians in the Eastern Region that have been murdered or tortured under authority of Nigerian law as it currently exists under the murderous and genocidal regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Justice will forever defeat tyranny. This lawsuit will strengthen the resolve of the people of Nigeria to defeat the murderous tyrant Buhari”, the firm stated.