October 9, 2014

Diaspora group petitions UN over $9.3m arms deal

Diaspora group  petitions UN over $9.3m arms deal

CAUGHT—Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg, S-Africa. INSET: The Bombardier Challenger jet. Courtesy: Flightaware.

As discourse over the purported $9.3 million arms deal continues to rage, a diaspora group, the Nigeria Unite Group, NUG, has petitioned the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations on the alleged $9.3 million arms deal, demaning for proper investigation.

The petition signed by Messers Mohammed Hussaini and Francis John, averred that the arms deal was a total violation of the principles enshrined in the global Arms Trade Treaty, ATT.

The petition reads: “Although the government has admitted knowledge of the deal, it has denied any complicity in the attempt to commit a crime.

“However, in court papers, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa submitted evidence that Tier One, the company that Nigeria claimed to have an arms import deal with is not registered with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee and is thus not authorised to enter into any agreements regarding the sale and/or rental of military equipment.”