A US court has issued an arrest warrant against Allen Onyema, CEO of Air Peace Limited over alleged money laundering and bank fraud in the United States.
The warrant was signed by Justin Anand, an American magistrate of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, on November 19, Premium Times reports
The warrant authorised U.S. Marshals Service to take Mr Onyema into custody.
Onyema was accused of moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.
Allen Onyema however says the allegations against him are false, adding that all transactions were carried out through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Air Peace CEO says his only aim has been to build Nigeria and improve the well-being of Nigerians.
“As the press statement clearly stated, these are indictment that only contains charges. I am innocent of all charges and the US government will find no dirt on me because I have never conducted business with any illegalities.
“Be rest assured that I also have my lawyers on this and these mere allegations will be refuted. 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,” he announced.