US Fraud Case: Nigeria Drops Air Peace Boss, Allen Onyema, from National Awards List


It is, indeed, not untrue that being rich is not all wine and roses. CEO of Nigeria’s most dependable indigenous airline, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, is feeling the plain reality of that phrase as you read this piece.

Onyema, who was indicted by the American authorities on charges of fraud and money laundering, is fast losing the home support.

Latest information obtained from reliable sources, has indicated that the Nigerian government that Onyema might be hoping on for possible aid was not ready to get tied to the global attention that his 45 million US Dollars business misadventure case is fast drawing. Apart from the government’s perceived indifference so far, it appears there is no pretense any longer about where it is standing on the Anambra State born money bag’s travail.

Allen Onyema’s name had secretly been struck out of the list of eminent Nigerians to be honoured with the National Awards on Thursday, 28th of November, 2019, disclosed a government insider. The awards being planned by the National Productivity Centre (NPC) originally featured names of 30 prominent Nigerians, the source informed, including Onyema’s, for their individual skills and contributions to the labour market.

The source said that Onyema and two others were nominated for special categories but at a meeting for the validation of the list held in Abuja and chaired by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, 26th of November, 2019, it was decided that his name be removed from the 2019 honours list, until the resolution of his case with the US department of justice.

Mr. Onyema founded Air Peace in 2013. The carrier now offers numerous domestic routes in Nigeria as well as flights to other West African destinations and Dubai.
In the heat of the xenophobic violence against Nigerians and other foreign residents in South Africa, the businessman deployed one of his


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