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Sunday, December 01, 2019

EFCC Grants Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema Administrative Bail....

On Wednesday the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) interrogated the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, over the alleged $44.9 million wire deals but released him on administrative bail in deference to his constitutional right of innocence until proven guilty.

The Nation
reports that Onyema, has been placed on administrative bail and remains under surveillance.

Among others, Onyema in the unsealed indictment by the United States purchased an armoured Lexus LX570 ($204,000); Rolls Royce ($180,000); and Mercedez Benz ($88,500) with laundered money.

An EFCC source told the newspaper that the probe of Onyema was part of the ongoing collaboration with the FBI and other security networks on wire deals which involves Air Peace Finance Officer Ejiroghene Eghagha and two banks were implicated.

The source said: “Our team of detectives on Wednesday interacted with Onyema in our Lagos office on the wire deals, especially on issues involving money laundering.

“The questioning was part of our ongoing collaboration with the FBI and other agencies in line with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between Nigeria and the United States.

“We decided to release Onyema on administrative bail in deference to his constitutional right of innocence until proven guilty.

“But Onyema is on surveillance by the EFCC pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.”

On why the probe started after the United States indicted Onyema, the source said: “There are vital Nigerian components of the indictment and demands of the US Government.

“For instance, the US is seeking the forfeiture of over $13 million left in some accounts linked with the suspect in the United States and Canada. The funds are $4,017,852.51 in JP Morgan Chase Bank in the US and $4,593,842.05 and $5,634,842.04 in the Bank of Montreal, Canada.

“We cannot rule out some of the money in some accounts in Nigeria. And our investigation may reveal the identities of other accomplices. Also, two Nigerian banks have been mentioned in the wire deals, especially transactions on purchase of aircraft.

“If there are assets to be seized in Nigeria, we have to collaborate with the US Government on the forfeiture process.”

On involvement of former Special Adviser/ Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Office, EFCC said: “The suspect has gone underground. We may have no choice but to watch-list the ex-Special Adviser. We will eventually place him on INTERPOL red alert.

“Preliminary findings revealed a nexus between the Amnesty Office and the activities of Onyema’s firms/groups/ NGOs as applicable.

“These groups include the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony, International Centre for Non-Violence and Peace Development, All-Time Peace Media Communications Limited and Every Child Limited.

“Our detectives discovered that the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) handled the training and transformation of some former Niger Delta militants for both the Amnesty Programme Office and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

“He blew about N170,100,000 ( $472,500) on three vehicles with cash transferred into his BOA 8086 account from Nigerian and other foreign bank accounts. We want him to explain the sources of the cash.”

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  1. Hahahahahaaaa.

    We know who he is laundering money for naah.

    US cannot touch him ooo. Highest he will not leave the country

  2. NGOs and charity organization in Nigeria are all running organized crime syndicates.
    Most are use for money laundering and other criminals activities.
    So much criminals in suits and ties.

  3. Oh my God

    Can I say this is positive or negative

  4. ......and so much looting among the leaders(politicians) in flowing agbada.

  5. Choi, this is bad

  6. I have never seen a more corrupt government like APC. This regime is corruption and looting personified

  7. I believe Onyema is fronting for someone, most likely a politician. He cannot be the sole owner of Air Peace. They are using stolen money (public fund) to run a private business.

  8. Just imagine all these huge amount the USA is planning on seizing. it´s our own collective money and still that fool called Fani Kayode was stiring up tribal sentiments.

  9. Nigeria should label anybody criminal unless proof otherwise by law court. We should be wise and at the same persecute real corrupt leaders. We know them but we only cast stone on unprotected personalities

  10. Why is the US seizing all these monies?? The funds belong to Nigeria and Nigerians and should be returned to us not kept for the benefit of the US.


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