Air Peace: Allen Onyema dissociates self from human rights suit

The embattled boss of Nigerian airline Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has dissociated himself from a human rights suit filed on his behalf by an Abuja lawyer.

The lawyer, Johnmary Jideobi, filed the suit after the Air Peace boss was indicted in the United States for alleged bank fraud and money laundering.

Jideobi wanted the court to enforce fundamental human rights of Onyema.

But Onyema’e lawyers said on Wednesday that the Air Peace boss does not know the lawyer and has nothing to do with the case.

The United States Department of Justice in a statement on Friday 22nd November said Onyema has been charged with fraud and laundering of over $20 million.

Ejiro Eghagha, Air Peace’s international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance was also accused of committing bank fraud and identity theft.

The US authorities said Onyema moved the money from “Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.”

The Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division Robert J. Murphy, accused the Air Peace boss of corrupting the U.S. banking system.

The US authorities said 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. This, the authorities said, started in 2016.

But Onyema and Eghagha’s lawyers insisted that the allegations against their clients were untrue and that they are willing to defend themselves against the allegations in court.

“None of the allegations involve any third party funds but relate to his funds utilized in the Airline business,” the chamber of A. O. Alegeh.

‘There is no allegation that any Bank [in the United States, Nigeria or elsewhere], Company or individual suffered any financial or any loss whatsoever.” Theguardianng
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