CEO of Air Peace Limited, Mr. Allen Onyema.
THE CEO of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, his company and one Ejiro Eghagha have been exonerated from any shady deal in the alleged fraudulent transaction of Letters of Credit raised for the purchase of some aircraft for Air Peace by a US District Court, Atlanta, Georgia and the Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia.
This clarification came from the United States Attorney for Northern District of Georgia following the District Court in Atlanta judgment which freed Air Peace and its Chief Executive from any mistakes made by one Ebony Mayfield who with limited knowledge of raising Letters of Credit committed infraction in that respect, and was found guilty and sentenced to Probation yesterday, October 28, 2022.
Also in that judgment as espoused by the US Government, it was admitted that Onyema and co were never indicted by the court and that even in the so called transaction of the Letters of Credit, no party suffered any financial loss, and that no prison sentence, confinement or home detention was handed down to Ebony Mayfield by the District Court of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. But instead she was given the lowest form of punishment, which is Probation.
Explaining further on the issue the lawyers to Onyema, Eghagha and Air Peace, A.O. Alegeh & Co, Legal Practitioners & Notaries Public, Ikoyi, Lagos gave this detailed submission of what transpired in the case in US. Hear them:
“The indictment filed against Ebony Mayfield by the United States Attorney for Northern District of Georgia was concluded at the District Court in Atlanta, Georgia today. Ebony Mayfield, a former staff of Springfield Aviation Company Inc. was today given Probation and a $4000 fine in respect of the criminal indictment filed against her by the United States Attorney for Northern District of Georgia after an investigation spanning over three years and involving about five Agencies of the US Government.
“Ebony was an administrative staff with limited knowledge in Letter of Credit transactions and pleaded guilty to one count charge in the indictment, presumably as she realized the futility of attempting to explain several Letters of Credit utilized for purchase of Aircraft for Air Peace Limited in a Jury trial. Probation is the lowest possible sentence available under US Federal Law.
“Ebony was not given any prison sentence, confinement or home detention by the Court.
“This confirms the position of our clients that there was no fraudulent intent in all the Letters of Credit, there was no victim in anyway, manner or form.
“All the funds involved were legitimate funds belonging to our clients.
“There was no loss of money or any damage whatsoever to any third Party.
“The US Government admitted in Court today that no Bank suffered any financial loss in this matter.
However, the lawyers admitted that “there have been false and unsubstantiated press stories in Nigeria about the indictment and Ebony Mayfield, adding that their ‘clients never took loans or credit from any US Bank and Ebony was never paid the sum of $20,000.00 at any time to commit any fraud, as is being peddled by a section of the Nigerian Press’.
The lawyers continued: “Ebony, like other Springfield Aviation Company Inc. staff was only paid her bi-weekly salary and/or allowances.
“These stories are far from the truth and are deliberately being peddled by a section of the Nigerian Press for ulterior motives.
“Our clients maintain their innocence in the matter and state that all steps taken in respect of the Letters of Credit were taken in good faith and with legitimate funds.
“All the aircraft involved were brought into Nigeria and utilized in the operations of Air Peace Limited. “There was no victim. There was no loss of funds to any person and there was no criminal intent whatsoever”.
Above all they concluded their ‘clients’ position has been reviewed by various law enforcement agencies in Nigeria and no evidence of criminality has been established against them.
“Our clients remain resolute in the assertion of innocence”, the lawyers finally submitted.
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