Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Sunday seized the passports of Air Peace boss, Allen Onyema. The EFCC also restricted Onyema’s movement and spoke of plans of extraditing him to the United States
A source told The Nation that it became imperative to restrict Onyema’s movement in the country. ”We will need him from time to time,” the Source said.
The Source said: “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 likelihood of extraditing Onyema to the US, 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.”
Recall that on 23rd of November, 2019, Allen Onyema was charged with 27 counts of money laundering by the U.S.
“BJay” Pak. Mr Byung said that Onyema moved more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts.
According to the U.S government, the laundering was carried out in a scheme involving false documents in purchase of aeroplane.
The US court had since issued a warrant to arrest Onyema. And also authorised the US marshals service to bring him into custody.