An Abuja-based lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the attorney-general of the federation, over U.S. Indictment of Air Peace chairman, Allen Onyema.
The lawyers, Johnmary Jideobi’s lawsuit is over an alleged move to extradite Onyema. He has requested an order of the court to restrain any federal government agency from extraditing Onyema.
But, Onyema’s lawyers have said on Wednesday, not so fast. They have made clear their client, Onyema, had nothing to do with the lawsuit. They also said Onyema had no knowledge of the action and did not consent to the filing of the case. They said Onyema does not even know Jideobi.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said last week Onyema opened several personal and business bank accounts in Atlanta, Georgia. The department said about forty-five million dollars was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources between 2010 and 2018.
The D.O.J. Said more than three million dollars of funds Onyema used in buying multiple aircraft from Springfield aviation company, registered in Georgia, allegedly came from bank accounts for foundation for ethnic harmony, international center for non-violence and peace development, all-time peace media communications limited, and every child limited.
The D.O.J. Also said Springfield aviation happened to be owned by Onyema, and was being managed by someone with no connection to the aviation business. The D.O.J. Also accused air peace financial director, Ejiroghene Eghagha, as a participant in the scheme. The justice department said Eghagha was directing the Springfield aviation manager to sign and send false documents to banks and was even using the manager’s identity to further the alleged fraud during which more than sixteen million dollars of the proceeds of the alleged fraud were transferred to other accounts.
Onyema is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit credit card application fraud, and three counts of credit application fraud. He is also charged with 27 counts of money laundering. Eghagha is charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.
ECOWAS Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Case Against Nigeria
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has suffered a loss at the ECOWAS court, where his case against Nigeria has been dismissed.
Kanu had hauled the Nigerian government to court over what he said were torture, assault and subjection to inhuman treatment allegedly meted to him by security operatives who arrested him in 2015.
ECOWAS regional court ruled on Thursday Kanu failed to prove his case against the federal government.
Kanu’s request for eight hundred million dollars monetary compensation was also dismissed.
Nigeria Suspends Turkish Airlines From Its Airports
Turkish Airlines will not be able to fly in and out of Nigeria from Monday. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the airline because of what it says were persistent baggage delays.
NCAA’s letter to the airline warns it will remain suspended until it is ready to use the right aircraft size for flights into Nigeria–aircraft that would bring passengers and their checked-in luggage at the same time.
NCAA says the problem has worsened in the last two weeks, when the most recent Turkish Airlines flight arrived in the country with only fifteen percent of passengers’ checked-in baggage.
The aviation authority says these failures by the airline have created serious crises at the airports whenever passengers arrive and their luggages did not.
NCAA says it has held many meetings with the airline over the issue, but they did not yield any solution.
AGF Malami Directs DSS To Hands Off Sowore’s Case
The case of the RevolutionNow movement convener, and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore has taken a new turn.
Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to hand over the case.
Malami gave the directive in a statement on Friday. DSS was also ordered to forward the Sowore case file to Malami’s office. The file is in respect of the charge pending against Sowore before the federal high court in Abuja.
Malami reiterated the federal government’s commitment to respecting the sanctity of the rule of law, protecting the virtues of human rights, and ensuring speedy dispensation of justice in the matter. He has also directed the federal justice ministry to immediately take over the prosecution of all charges against Sowore.
Malami specifically directed that the prosecution must be in line with constitutional provisions.
The letter requesting the case transfer was sent to the DSS on Wednesday.
A seven-count treasonable felony charge is pending against Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare.
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