” Innocent Chukwuma We Are Coming For You” Efcc

 ” Innocent Chukwuma We Are Coming For You” Efcc


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have vowed to ensure that the Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma is arrested to face a fraud charge in court.

The Commission made the vow Wednesday, after Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offenses Court sits in Ikeja, Lagos, struck out the case of fraud it instituted against Chukwuma.

The Judge struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce Chukwuma in court to face trial.

Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain by false pretenses, obtaining by false pretenses, stealing and forgery.

The defendants allegedly committed the offenses between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.

The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretenses, containers of motorcycles, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.

The defendants were said to have forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mutsui O.S.K. Line by knowingly putting a false GTB stamp and signature of the bank staff.

The alleged fraud was to enable the forged documents to 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.

In a short ruling today, Justice Williams held that it was the responsibility of the EFCC to produce him in court.

“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,” the Judge held.

Justice Dada on June 22, 2018, stepped down from presiding over the matter on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

All efforts by the EFCC to arraign the defendant before Justice Dada on five consecutive occasions failed despite being declared wanted on May 23, 2018 and also procuring a bench warrant for his arrest.

Ayomide Oyewole

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