EFCC seizes Air-peace chief’s Passport 


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Air-peace chief executive chairman, Allen Ifechukwu Onyema has been restricted from travelling outside the boarders by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, after he was on the 23rd of November charged with 27 counts of money laundering by one U.S. Authorities.

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Onyema has recently been accused of moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of an airplane with the US court issuing a warrant to arrest Onyema, and authorised US marshals service to bring him into custody.

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However, responding to the US arrest warrant, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized his passports and restricted him from moving out of the country.

The Cable reported a source said he was invited for questioning:

”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 an unfettered comprehensive investigation. And so far, he has cooperated with our team.

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”During our interaction, he maintained his innocence. We have, however, made progress in our preliminary investigation. 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.



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