Samuel Chukwuka Onyeka is head of the Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CTF) Unit in the Inspectorate Directorate of National Insurance Commission in Nigeria. With over 20 years of experience in law, insurance and risk management, Onyeka is undoubtedly among the leading resources in the insurance sector in Nigeria. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Laws degree from Abia State University and a Master of Business Administration degree (insurance and risk management) from Enugu State University. In addition, he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991.
His career in the insurance sector began in 1991 as a claims officer at National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (now NICON Insurance Limited). He also worked for Unity Life & Fire Insurance Co. Ltd and later, Admiral Insurance Co. Ltd where he rose to become manager in the Motor Department in 1994. In 1995 he left the insurance business temporarily to become involved in active legal practice and the academia. He lectured on law and insurance at Imo State University until 2009 when he joined the National Insurance Commission.
He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria in 2011 and a Fellow of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (in the U.S.) in 2012. He became senior associate of Risk Managers Association of Nigeria in 2013.
Based on his experience and quality contributions toward enhancing AML/CTF culture in Nigeria, he was nominated in 2010 as a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force. He is currently co-chair at Nigeria’s money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) National Risk Assessment (NRA) Secretariat.
As a widely traveled person, Onyeka has attended several regional and international seminars, workshops and conferences on insurance, risk management, AML and financial crimes.
Onyeka has published over a dozen books in insurance and other disciplines, the latest being Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism in Nigeria. He has also contributed in countless learned articles in many local journals, including the Journal of Insurance Law and Practice, for which he is the editorial adviser.