Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema may soon get respite in the fraud allegations he is facing in the United States of America.
A human rights enforcement proceedings instituted by a Nigerian rights activist, Mr. Johnmary C. Jideobi yesterday, seeks to stop the Federal Government of Nigeria and its Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami as well as other agencies of government from harassing or extraditing Onyema to the US against his will.
Mr. Jideobi was emphatic in his contention that the federal government and or any of its agencies lack the powers to abridge the fundamental right of Onyema to freedom of movement as given by Section 35 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He further requested the court to declare that based on the authority of Diamond Bank PLC vs. Opara (2018) LPELR-43907(SC) the federal government of Nigeria and or any of its agencies cannot tamper with Onyema’s constitutional right to freedom of movement by attempting to forcefully expel and or extradite him from the shores of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to any other country of the world for the purposes of any criminal trial whose substance arose from underlying civil aviation contracts.
He also sort the court to declare that the Nigerian government “cannot give effect to any extradition request from any country of the world in so far as the ingredients or constituent facts of the indictment and or charges underlying the said request are traceable to or related with or arose from diverse civil aviation contracts entered into by Onyema through his duly registered companies with other duly registered companies in other jurisdictions especially in the United States of America”.