- The EFCC has reportedly seized the passport of Allen Onyema, the chairman Air Peace Limited
- A source in the anti-graft agency revealed that Onyema's passport was seized so that he can be frequently quizzed for investigative purposes
- The source, however, added that the embattled businessman has maintained that he is innocent of the allegations made against him
There are indications that the embattled Air Peace boss, Allen Onyema, may not be travelling out of Nigeria anytime soon.
This is as a source in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that the anti-graft agency has seized Onyema's passport, The Nation reports.
The source who did not reveal their identity said that this was done because the presence of Onyema will be needed by the EFCC for the continuous investigative activities into his ongoing case with the United States (US) government which involved a $44.9 million wire deal.
The source 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.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a court in the US had issued a warrant of arrest against Onyema for alleged money laundering and bank fraud.
The warrant was signed by Justin Anand, an American magistrate of the US District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, on November 19.
The newspaper noted that it was unable to get a reaction from Onyema over the issue as his location could not be ascertained when the news was published.
The Air Peace boss might be extradited to face the charges against him as the US and Nigeria have a mutual legal assistance policy that allows both countries to extradite suspects facing criminal charges.
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