- The EFCC has vowed to arrest the chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma for alleged fraud
- Chuwuma was to be arraigned on four charges of conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretence, stealing and forgery
- The defendant is said to have refused to appear in Ikeja high court to face his trial since the suit was instituted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to arrest and prosecute Innocent Chukwuma, chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, for alleged fraud.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, made this known on Wednesday, October 10, after Olusola Williams, a judge of the special offences court in Ikeja, Lagos, struck out the commission’s case against Chukwuma.
Channel TV reports that Justice Williams struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce Chukwuma in court to face trial saying it was the responsibility of the commission to make sure that he happier before him.
Chuwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on four charges of conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretence, stealing and forgery.
The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts, and raw materials, property of a Nigerian bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.
They were also alleged to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them, via their clearing agents, the goods that were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorised by the bank to clear the goods.
The defendants were said to have forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mussui O.S.K. Line by knowingly putting a false bank stamp and signature of the bank staff.
The alleged fraud was in order that the forged documents be used or acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of any person within Lagos or elsewhere.
However, since the suit was instituted, first before Justice Mojisola Dada of the same court, the defendant has refused to appear in court to face his trial.
the Judge held: “This court is not an investigator or a prosecutor. This court cannot waste precious judicial time prosecuting a matter that is going nowhere.
“This is a criminal matter that can be instituted anytime the prosecution is ready. The court hereby strikes out the matter”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the EFCC filed a fraud charge against Innocent Chukwuma, alias Innoson, his company Innoson Nigeria Limited and his brother Charles Chukwuma.
The charge was dated 30 November, 2017 and filed at a Lagos High Court. In the case, the EFCC is accusing Innoson of obtaining containers of motorcycles spare parts by false pretences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos, ‘with intent to defraud’.
The goods, said to be property of the Nigerian bank, were allegedly obtained from Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited in Apapa.
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