BEVERLY HILLS, November 23, (THEWILL) – The Chairman and founder of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, who was indicted Friday by a United States Grand Jury for alleged bank fraud and money laundering has vowed to defend the charges and prove his innocence in court.
His lawyer, A.O. Alegeh & Co in a statement after the charges were made public by the US Department of Justice in Georgia, said: “We hereby state that he (Onyema) strongly denies and will vigorously defend himself against the allegations made against him by the US Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in relation to purchase of aircraft, aircraft spares and aircraft maintenance.
“None of the allegations involve any third party funds but relate to his funds utilised in the airline business. There is no allegation that any Bank (in the United States, Nigeria or elsewhere), Company or individual suffered any financial or any loss whatsoever,” the statement said.
The lawyers also noted that Onyema “has a track record built on honesty and integrity and will take all necessary steps to clear his good name and hard earned reputation. He looks forward to an opportunity to rebut these allegations in Court.”
The solicitors also said the Executive Director, Air Peace Limited, Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha, had also strongly denied same allegation and would vigorously defend herself against the allegations in court.
“Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha has built her reputation as a seasoned, honest and responsible person and will take all necessary steps to clear her good name and hard earned reputation. She looks forward to an opportunity to rebut these allegations in Court,” the statement said.