By Binebai Princewill
The group strongly condemned the media trial and legal hunting of Onyema, describing it as a well orchestrated blackmail to tarnish the hard earned reputation of the renowned Air Peace boss.
They particularly noted that the Department of Justice in the United States of America is largely acting the script of individuals that are afraid of the rising profile of Onyema in the business World.
CNDPA asserted that the Air Peace boss remains innocent until proven otherwise in court, stressing that it will continue to stand by him in these trying times.
“Our attention has been drawn to an alleged indictment of Allen Ifechukwu Athan Onyema, the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Air Peace, by the United States government of bank fraud and money laundering. This character portrayal of the humble chief may not be a precise reflection of reality. This to our mind, may just be an attempt to shoot down his emerging high profile of goodwill.
“We wish to state unequivocally and in very strong terms that all men and women of impeccable pedigree must stand with, and frontally head off this plot that reeks of hate against Barr. Allen. He remains innocent until proven guilty. That is the position of the law in all jurisdictions. We agree with his position on this matter as stated below:
“I never laundered money in my life, neither have I committed bank fraud anywhere in the world. Every Kobo I transferred to the US for aircraft purchase went through the Central Bank of Nigeria LC regime and all were used for the same purpose. The American companies that received the funds are still in business. I never took a penny from any US bank or Nigerian bank. I am willing to defend my innocence in the US courts”.
“As can be seen, he leaves no one in any further doubts that he has never circumvented any procedures. Therefore, we take exemption to any blackmail and conspiratorial attacks against an international peace builder on the social media by global players and Nigerians alike.
“We note the roles he played, through his foundation, for the restoration of peace to the Niger Delta on the platform of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, and his peace building efforts between the Benue State Government and the Miyetti Allah Association.
“He has also intervened in curbing the rift between the IPOB and the Federal government. Most recently, we recall his uncommon act of charity when he airlifted back to Nigeria several of our citizens from South Africa at the peak of the fresh Xenophobic attacks on our people and other foreigners.
“Therefore, it beats everyone’s imagination that having done the foregoing for humanity, Barr. Allen is being targeted to be brought down and humiliated. Still, he remains innocent until proven otherwise both here in Nigeria and in the United States. Hence, his media trial is uncharitable when what he truly deserves is nothing but the support of all Nigerians in these trying times.” Coalition of Niger Delta Peace Advocates stated