Stella Dimoko Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema Dissociates Self From Suit Challenging Buhari Over His Indictment In The US


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema Dissociates Self From Suit Challenging Buhari Over His Indictment In The US

he Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has dissociated himself from a suit against President Muhammadu Buhari government by an activist, Johnmary Jideobi, over his indictment in the United States.

The Abuja based lawyer had dragged the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) before a Federal High Court in Abuja over an alleged move to extradite Onyema.

He requested for an order of the court restraining any agency of government with prosecutorial powers as represented by AGF from attempting to use or seeking to harass, threaten, arrest or invite Onyema in relation to Civil Aviation contract he entered with American authorities through his companies.

The fundamental human rights enforcement suit against AGF was filed by Jideobi as a Concerned Nigerian Citizen.

In a statement on Wednesday, Onyema’s lawyers, A.O Alegeh & Co., said their client had no hand in the suit.

It reads: “The attention of our client, Allen Onyema has been drawn to news reports now trending in the social media suggesting that an Abuja based Legal Practitioner, Mr. Johnmary C. Jideobi, has instituted an action in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1446/2019 – Johnmary C. Jideobi v. Federal Government of Nigeria & Ors at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, purportedly seeking the enforcement of our client’s fundamental human rights.

“We hereby state on behalf of our client, that at no time did he instruct the said Mr. Johnmary C. Jideobi to institute any action on his behalf in respect of the subject matter of the Indictment now pending against him in the United States of America. Our Client has no knowledge of the said action and did not consent to the filing of the same. As a matter of fact, Our Client does not know the said Mr. Johnmary C. Jideobi.”

Last Friday, the US Depart of Justice said Onyema began travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.

Noting that Onyema founded Air Peace in 2013 and subsequently travelled to the United States to purchase multiple aeroplanes for the airline, DoJ said: “Over $3 million of the funds used to purchase the aircraft allegedly came from bank accounts for Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Center for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited, and Every Child Limited.

“Beginning in approximately May 2016, Onyema, together with Eghagha, allegedly used a series of export letters of credit to cause banks to transfer more than $20 million into Atlanta-based bank accounts controlled by Onyema. The letters of credit were purported to fund the purchase of five separate Boeing 737 passenger planes by Air Peace. The letters were supported by documents such as purchase agreements, bills of sale, and appraisals proving that Air Peace was purchasing the aircraft from Springfield Aviation Company LLC, a business registered in Georgia.

“However, the supporting documents were fake — Springfield Aviation Company LLC, which is owned by Onyema and managed by a person with no connection to the aviation business, never owned the aircraft, and the company that allegedly drafted the appraisals did not exist. Eghagha allegedly participated in this scheme as well, directing the Springfield Aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and even using the manager’s identity to further the fraud. After Onyema received the money in the United States, he allegedly laundered over $16 million of the proceeds of the fraud by transferring it to other accounts.

“Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, 56, of Lagos, Nigeria, and Ejiroghene Eghagha, 37, of Lagos, Nigeria, were indicted on November 19, 2019, on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud. Additionally, Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering, and Eghagha was charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.”

DoJ reminded the public that the indictment only contains charges and that defendants are presumed innocent of the charges, while it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

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*I dont get this at all...what has president Buhari got to do with this?


  1. I understand his fear but buhari knows something that knows his accusations

    1. Only you Igbos think that way. Even Evans will accuse Buhari of his arrest for kidnapping and killing. So all the yahoo boys most of whom are Igbos fingered in FBI recently fishing out of fraudsters and corrupt elements are because of Buhari? Nonsense. Una no get sense at all.

  2. Charge and bail Lawyer looking for ways to be in the news.
    I don't know what concerns Buhari and his government with Oyenma fraud case.
    Good the man distance himself before they add to his predicament.

    1. Their hunting song in their mouth again, they want to drag the president into their sorrow self pity game of witch hunting, marginalization of a part of the country. If the man his not guilty he will proof himself in court and if found wanting he get what he deserve,it is not enough to say because he helped evacuate Nigerians in South Africa he must be clear of wrong doings if there is any on his part.

    2. IS not guilty, not HIS. H-factor

  3. Ikwa ikwa ikwa ikwa kwa kwa kwa.......

  4. The man did not pay them plenty tax that undermines the development of Nigeria/African airlines that's why this American bastards are after him. That's why they entered the guys case n started digging out what even known billionaires do.

    1. Where did you see tax evasion charge. Nigerians like forming over sabi.

    2. Your common sense did not tell you that. And it's obvious you lack knowledge. He made transactions through Ngos that are his they don't charge Ngos the way the charge other commercial business name. Ogo go learn

    3. This Zemzem ooze ignorance!

  5. You mean the man has not gone to clear his name? Hian! An innocent person would have gone immediately to show them they made a mistake.

  6. i dont care who witch hunted who or what the Americans found all i know is that this man made money from the amnesty programm under Jonathan...its all govt money. if they are able to help us get some back fine. yes you helped Nigerians during the xenophobic attack but that should not make us justify corruption. anyone corrupt should be made to cough out the money, i dont care how


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