Alleged Forgery: Innoson Motors Chairman, Others Fail To Appear In Court

Innocent Chukwuma

The anti-graft agency dragged the business mogul, alongside his company, Innoson Motors Limited and Charles Chukwuma before the judge over allegation of fraud and stealing.The Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma, was on Wednesday, (Today) absent before Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos High Court sitting at Ikeja for his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Meanwhile, lawyer to the defendants, Mr U. Onwukwe, explained that he had instituted an application questioning the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

According to Onwukwe, “We have an application objecting to the jurisdiction of this court and it was filed on Jan. 15.

“My client has not been served, when this matter was filed, the EFCC went to the social media and it was through social media that we became aware and we have not been served.

“The EFCC arrested them and they know where they reside, they granted the second defendant (innocent Chukwuma) bail on self recognisance and told him to come to EFCC office on Feb. 20, in December they went ahead to file these charges.

“Charles Chukwuma who is the third defendant in the charge, was not even arrested by the EFCC.”

But in opposition, lawyer to the Commission, Miss Zainab Ettu, maintained that the automibile businessman and his co-defendants were evading service.

According to her, “The most important thing is for us to proceed to trial, the defendants are on administrative bail and as diligent citizens of the country when they were aware of the charges they are to come to the EFCC office with their counsel and receive a copy of the charge.

“My Lord we will be asking for the shortest possible date since they are evading service so that we can serve them in the courtroom.”

This then prompted Justice Dada to issue a directive that the anti-graft agency should pass an advanced copy of the charge to Onwukwe as a form of service.

But Onwukwe raised an objection, insisting that he could not accept the said copy of the charge as a form of service to the defendants.

“Put the copy of the charge on the table if he refuses to accept it,” the judge ordered.

The transport business merchant alongside others are expected to be docked on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, obtaining property by false pretenses, stealing and forgery.