Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:31

Johnmary Jideobi: Allen Onyema Should Not Be Extradited To US

Written by Boma Bravura Al
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A Nigerian Lawyer and human rights activist, Johnmary Jideobi, has instituted a suit in the Federal High Court in Abuja for the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of the embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, who is facing fraud allegations in the United States of America.

The Abuja based legal practitioner in the suite no: FHC/ABJ/CS/1446/2019 filed on Monday, and a copy obtained by PRNigeria, asked the court to bar the Federal Government of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as well as other agencies of government from harassing or extraditing Mr Onyema to the U.S. against his will.

He sought seven-point reliefs including a declaration by the court that the federal government and or any of its agencies with prosecutorial powers as represented by Mr Malami who is the respondent ” is/are without powers to abridge the fundamental right of Onyema to freedom of movement as donated by Section 35 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The lawyer also wants the court to declare “that on the authority of Diamond Bank PLC vs. Opara (2018) LPELR-43907(SC) the Federal Government of Nigeria and or any of its agencies with prosecutorial powers as represented by the Respondent herein cannot derogate from the constitutional right to freedom of movement by attempting to forcefully expel and or extradite Onyema 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 wants the court to declare that they “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”.

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