Written by Godfrey AKON

Buhari’s aide disowns Air Peace boss, Allen Onyema

Following the indictment of Mr. Allen Onyema, Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, by the American government, Personal Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, has said only lawbreakers are targeted by the United States.

Onochie further advised Onyema to go to the United States to clear his name.

In series of tweets on Sunday, the presidential aide insinuated that funds meant for the Niger Delta amnesty programme were allegedly diverted into private pockets.

Onyema had worked as a consultant for the Niger Delta amnesty programme in charge of training repentant militants.

Onochie said, “I do not understand what President Buhari has to do with Mr. Onyema of Air Peace being indicted and charged in the USA. According to our attorney-general, the Federal Government has not even been informed of the situation.

“American laws go after those who break them. What a man sows… How much has Nigeria invested in the Niger Delta amnesty programme, NDDC and 13 per cent derivation funds? All, mostly in a black hole (sic).

“Do we know the extent of poverty, ignorance and disease in the Niger Delta? Please let America too help us see how Niger Delta underdeveloped Niger Delta. Those of us from the Niger Delta who are the direct beneficiaries of the suffering that emanated from the looting of our wealth will tackle them. It is our war that is being fought.

“Laws, Nigerian or American, go after those who break them; so we must mind our business. QED! We are smarter now than ever before. Gradually, the scales of tribalism, religious affinity and political loyalty are falling off our eyes and being replaced by Nigerianism. Nigerians are not keen on tales by moonlight. Let him return to America to face his accusers.”

The airline boss alongside his head of finance and administration, Ejiroghene Eghagha, were recently indicted for alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United States.

Both suspects strongly deny the allegations and said they looked forward to proving their innocence in court.

Indications also emerged, weekend, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may have waded into the matter.

The EFCC, it was learnt has raised a “special panel” to investigate the matter shortly after receiving the charges against Onyema.

Onyema was indicted last Friday for allegedly laundering suspicious funds in excess of $20m in the US.

They were accused of conniving to commit money laundering and bank fraud for several years.

The allegations also included how Onyema facilitated fraudulent letters of credit to American banks to procure aircraft, equipment and luxury goods.

 

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