EFCC seize passport of Air Peace boss, Allen Onyema
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have seized the passport of Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema.
The passport was seized over a US indictment bordering on money laundering of over $20million, bank fraud and falsification of documents used in airplane purchase.
An EFCC source who spoke to The Nation stated that a prima facie case has to be established before the anti-graft agency can proceed with extradition.
“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,” the newspaper quoted a source in the commission have said.
“We have seized his passports for an 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.
“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.”