EFCC Seizes Passport Of Air Peace Chairman And CEO Allen Onyema
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized the passports of Alle Onyema, the chairman of Air Peace over alleged fraud and money laundering leveled against him by the US government.
YANS gathered that the anti-graft agency temporarily restricted his movement as well as that of and his chief finance officer Ejiroghene Eghagha.
According to the US government, the suspects are to face trial for alleged bank fraud, credit application fraud, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.
A source privy to the development said: “Following his interaction with our detectives, it became imperative to restrict his movement to the country because we will need him from time to time.
“We have seized his passports for unfettered comprehensive investigation. And so far, he has cooperated with our team.
“During our interaction, he maintained his innocence. We have, however, made progress in our preliminary investigation”.
On the issue of extradition, the source added: “This depends on the MLAT between Nigeria and the US. For now, we are only investigating.
“The extradition process is within the purview of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. You should not forget that the EFCC has to investigate, establish prima facie case and arraigning the suspects in court before any extradition application can be initiated.
“The US government knows what to do as far as the invocation of the MLAT is concerned. We are only fulfilling our own part of the collaboration with the relevant US agencies.”