Group condemns Onyema’s alleged harassment, seeks Buhari’s urgent intervention
The Pan African Movement for Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice (PAMPHRSJ) yesterday rose from its emergency meeting in Warri, Delta State, criticising the alleged seizure of Chief Allen Onyema’s international passport and restriction of his movement by a federal anti-graft agency.
It described the development as a “witch-hunt and a further attempt to smear the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Air Peace airlines in the mud.”
Onyema was recently accused of bank fraud and money laundering by the United States Department of Justice.
The group stated that it had concluded plans to storm the streets of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt with over a million people that are beneficiaries of the embattled Nigerian’s goodwill in its “We Stand with Allen Onyema” march.
The conveners, Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro, Ambassador Sixtus Obinna and the Edmund Atas, described Onyema’s ‘maltreatment’ as unfortunate.
They expressed confidence that the business tycoon would clear his name before the law court, describing him as a “man of integrity who had helped a lot of youths in the north and south.”
Anighoro, who spoke on behalf of the group, criticised an aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, Laurreta Onochie, for allegedly posting on her twitter handle, ‘Laurestar’, a remark that “suggested that the presidency had unofficially entered a guilt verdict on Allen Onyema even before he is tried.”