Remember Allen Onyema, Air Peace Chief Executive Officer who single-handedly provided Airplanes used for evacuating Nigerians from the xenophobic troubles in South Africa in September 2019? “He has been indicted by the United States government for money laundering of more than $20 million from Nigeria through some United States banks in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.”
Beside this US charges of money laundering, reports have it that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has waded into another $44.9 million wire fraud and money laundering case against the Air Peace Chief Executive Allen Onyema hours after his indictment in the United States (US).
The EFCC, it was learnt, on Saturday raised what sources referred to as a ”special panel” to investigate the matter shortly after receiving the charges against Onyema.
Onyema was indicted along with his finance officer, Ejiroghene Eghagha, by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
They were accused of “moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through some United States banks in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.”
Eghagha, who is the international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, was also accused of bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.
The EFCC is also investigating two Nigerian banks for allegedly facilitating the transfer of the money to the US and processing letters of credit to buy planes for Air Peace.
Responding, the Air Peace Boss said ”it is not in his character to be dubious, describing the fraud allegations against him as false.”
He further stressed his readiness to travel to the US to defend himself and get his name cleaned as he claimed not to be dubious.