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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as announced the group readiness to defend the Managing Director of Air Peace, Allen Onyema over alleged Money Laundering and Fraud indictment brought on him by United States Government.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was speaking during his evening programme on Radio Biafra London said Onyem lied against him but he has forgiven him.
In his words: “Allen Onyema lied against me, and I reminded him that I know the source of his riches. After my statement the Fulanis went after him, they know that IPOB will not fight for him for undermining our struggle to restore Biafra’s independence. I will not ask him further questions, I believe he has learnt his lessons”
He said the “Fulanis” went after him, Onyema, after he, Kanu exposed the source of his riches adding that the group will grant one last amnesty to him to come out of the allegations.
He said to muzzle the US government to thoroughly investigate the allegation and will supply the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) necessary names to enhance their probe or better still engage them on the case of victimization against Air Peace CEO.
“We shall defend Allen Onyema and he will be the last Amnesty we shall Grant to anybody who lies against IPOB or me.
I will meet with people that matter most in this case in the USA. And if the FBI fails to Investigate the names we are going to submit to them, then we shall start a case of victimization with them.”
Recall The Chairman of Nigerian airline, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, was charged with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme alleged to have false documents based on the purchase of aeroplanes.
Also charged alongside is Ejiroghene Eghagha, the international airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, for alleged bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.
The U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak was quoted in the statement as saying: Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud.”
“We will diligently protect the integrity of our banking system from being corrupted by criminals, even when they disguise themselves in a cloak of international business.”
Allen Onyema has described himself as a businessman in bid to better Nigeria and improve their wellbeing.
He however denied the allegation brought against him by the US government, set to defend himself. He described the allegations as false adding the transactions transpired through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In his words: “As the press statement clearly stated, these are indictment that only contains charges. I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find no dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities,” Onyema said.
“Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria LC regime and all were used for the same purpose.
“The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts,” he announced.