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$20m fraud: Twitter users shocked, react to Allen Onyema’s indictment by U.S.



Nigerians on social media are expressing shock over the indictment of the CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema and the airline’s Chief of Administration and Finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, in the United States over alleged $20 million bank fraud and money laundering.

In a statement published on the website of the U.S Department of Justice, on Friday, Onyema was accused of laundering money from Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes.

Shortly after the report made its way to Nigeria’s cyberspace, Twitter users have been expressing concerns, wondering why the airline boss would be involved in bank fraud and money laundering.

Recall that Onyema recently won the hearts of many Nigerians after volunteering to evacuate hundreds of stranded Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks in the country.

He got a standing ovation from lawmakers during his visit to the House of Representatives in September. and the lawmakers also recommended him for a national honour following his heroic act of evacuating stranded Nigerians from South Africa.

However, the report of Onyema’s indictment has sparked an uproar on Twitter Nigeria since Friday night.

Reacting to the report, a Twitter user, Anastasia Uchenna – Ozoemena, who said the news has left her in shock wrote:

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Curious @YoungOtutu wondered who Onyema could be reportedly laundering funds for.

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