Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, reacted to US fraud charges against Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema.
Latest Nigeria News reports that Onyeama has been accused of banking fraud and money laundering for moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through US bank accounts into a scheme that provides for false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ), in a statement released on its Web site on Friday, said that the head of air peace administration and finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, was also accused of bank fraud and identity theft aggravated in relation to the regime.
However, the president of Air Peace denied Allen Onyema the charges against him.
Onyeama said that all the money transferred to the United States went through the CBN, adding that the charges were false and in no way were they in line with his character as a person and as a businessman.
Fani-Kayode, reacting, stated that the charge against Onyema is only an accusation to the contrary.
The former minister assured the Nigerians that Onyema is a good man and not a scammer.
Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “An indictment is not a conviction. An allegation remains a mere allegation until it is proven in a court of law.
“Allen Onyema is not a rogue or a fraudster. He is a profoundly good man and a patriot. I have no doubt that he will weather this storm and that he will be vindicated.”