These are not the best of times for Air Peace boss, Allen Onyema as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized his international passports and restricted his movement.
Insiders told us that; “Following his interaction with our detectives, it became imperative to restrict his movement to the country because we will need him from time to time.”
“We have seized his passports for unfettered comprehensive investigation. And so far, he has cooperated with our team.”
“During our interaction, he maintained his innocence. We have, however, made progress in our preliminary investigation”.
“As regards extraditing Onyema to the US depends on the MLAT between Nigeria and the US. For now, we are only investigating.”
“The extradition process is within the purview of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. You should not forget that the EFCC has to investigate, establish prima facie case and arraigning the suspects in court before any extradition application can be initiated.
“The US government knows what to do as far as the invocation of the MLAT is concerned. We are only fulfilling our own part of the collaboration with the relevant US agencies.”
For those who don’t know, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema is the Chairman of Air Peace and he has been charged with 27 counts of money laundering by one U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.
Mr. Byung said that Onyema moved more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplane.
The US court had since then issued a warrant to arrest Onyema and authorised US marshals service to bring him into custody.