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Allen Onyema: Presidency speaks on Buhari being responsible for Air Peace chairman’s ordeal

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has distanced the President from the current travail of the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema in the United States, US.

Onochie hinted that Buhari was not aware of Onyema’s indictment because the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami stated that the Federal Government has not been informed.

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It was reported earlier that Onyeama was charged with bank fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.

The US State Department of Justice (DoJ), in a statement posted on its website on Friday, said Air Peace Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, has also been charged with bank fraud and committing aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

But, reacting, Onyeama said all money transferred to the US went through the CBN, adding that the allegations were false and were in no way in line with his character as a person and as a businessman.

However, Onochie in a series of tweets wrote: “I do not understand what Pres. @MBuhari has to do with Mr. Onyema of Airpeace being indicted and charged in the USA.

“According to our Attorney General, the Fed. Govt. has not even been informed of the situation.

“American laws go after those who BREAK them. What a man sows….

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“How much has Nigeria invested in the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, NDDC & 13% derivation funds? All, mostly in a black hole

“Do we know the extent of poverty, ignorance & 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 sufferings that emanated from the looting of our wealth, will tackle them. It’s 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 the moonlight. Let him return to America and face his accusers!”


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