Embattled Air Peace Boss Allen Onyema Grilled By The EFCC Following His Indictment Of $44.9m Fraud

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The economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) has carried out a thorough and painstaking investigation on air peace boss Allen Onyema who was indicted in an alleged $44.9m fraud,

A source from agency who spoke with the  Nation said  Onyema faced  interrogated  by men of the EFCC on Wednesday November 27th and has been placed on administrative bail.

“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.” the source said

According to the source, a former Special Adviser/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Office is being investigated in connection with the fraud.

“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 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).

The source while fielding questions said: “We are probing allegation of money laundering which led to the buying of exotic vehicles by Onyema. 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.”

 

According to the unsealed indictment, Onyema bought the luxury vehicles as follows: armoured Lexus LX570 ($204,000);  Rolls Royce ($180,000); and Mercedez Benz($88,500).

Allen Onyema and his associates have vehemently denied allegations against them by the US government.

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