EFCC lied about Innocent Chukwuma, Innoson Motors says

Innoson
Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Innoson Group.

Innoson Motors has rejected claims that its founder and CEO, Innocent Chukwuma, was arrested because he ignored an invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. It said the businessman was never invited prior to his arrest and dared the anti-graft agency to present evidence of invitation to Nigerians.

Mr. Chukwuma was arrested on Tuesday morning at his residence in Enugu by EFCC officers who remanded him at their field office in the city. He was later released on bail on Wednesday evening.

The EFCC said anti-graft detectives decided to take the industrialist into custody after attempts to summon him were rebuffed.

“His arrest followed his refusal to honour invitation by the Commission having earlier jumped an administrative bail granted him in a case being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission’s Lagos office,” the EFCC said in the statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, its spokesperson.

Cornel Osigwe, a spokesperson for Innoson Group, debunked the account of the EFCC in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday.

The statement was sent before Mr. Chukwuma’s release was announced by the EFCC.

Mr. Osigwe challenged the EFCC to bring out any evidence to support its claim that Mr. Chukwuma was invited or earlier granted administrative bail by the commission

Mr. Osigwe blamed the GTBank for orchestrating the arrest of his principal, a claim the bank denied in an exchange with PREMIUM TIMES shortly after Mr. Chukwuma was arrested Tuesday.

Mr. Chukwuma and GTBank have been locked in a prolonged legal battle over claims by the industrialist that the bank made arbitrary deductions in his bank accounts.

The bank countered the allegations, saying it was Mr. Chukwuma who allegedly falsified bank and shipping documents to obtain tax waivers from the Nigerian government.

Mr. Uwujaren did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ request for the anti-graft agency to present evidence that Mr. Innoson was summoned.

Read the full response of Innoson Group to the EFCC statement about Mr. Chukwuma’s arrest below:

Re: EFCC ARRESTS INNOCENT CHUKWUMA (INNOSON)

Our attention has been drawn to the Official Statement with the above caption released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, stating the reason Dr Innocent Chukwuma was arrested by the Commission.

According to the statement published on EFCC’s official website, Dr Innocent Chukwuma’s arrest “followed his refusal to honour invitation by the Commission having earlier jumped an administrative bail granted him in a case being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission’s Lagos office.”

The statement went further to claim that Dr Chukwuma rather than honouring invitation by the EFCC, “mobilized six truckloads of thugs pretending to be staff of his company tohis residence, where they manhandled EFCC operatives”.

In as much that we would not want to join words with EFCC, but because their Official Statement has been widely circulated among many News media including various online blogs and social media platforms, we would for record purposes state the facts on the alleged invitation as well what
happened in his residence during his arrest yesterday.

1. We wish to deny EFFC’s claim categorically that Dr Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson) was invited by the Commission or was there any time or that he jumped an administrative bail granted by the EFCC. Dr Chukwuma (OFR) is a law-abiding citizen, a public figure

and a well-known industrialist of international repute. There is no how he would be invited by the EFCC and he would ignore or refuse to honour the invitation.

2. Dr Chukwuma has never had any issues or query from the EFCC recently. The last issue he had with EFCC was an invitation extended to him in 2012 based on a complaint against him by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), which he duly honoured.

3. Upon the completion of investigation, EFCC requested him through a letter to pay some money to GTB saying that the money is what Innoson owes GTB after it-EFCC- deducted excess charge of about
N560M which GTB illegally and unlawfully took from their account.

Innoson rejected the demand maintaining that it was GTB that was owing it and that GTB is to pay interest on the excess and unlawful charges. This resulted in a stalemate between Innoson and EFCC. Consequently,

Innoson commenced a lawsuit against GTB at Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/AWK/139/2012 at Federal High Court Awka division and thereat got a judgment in its favour in the sum of N4.7B against GTB.

4. As a consequence of the above, EFCC filed a charge against him at the Lagos High Court. The Charge was subsequently struck out after EFCC filed a notice of discontinuance.

However, Dr Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd appealed against the order striking out the case on the basis that it ought to be dismissed and not struck out. The appeal- appeal no: CA/I/1330Cm/2017 till date is still pending at the court of Appeal Lagos State. Since then EFCC has never invited Dr Chukwuma again.

5. We challenge EFCC to show proof and evidence of EFCC invitation extended to Dr Chukwuma; the various dates of the invitation and the letter of invitation extended to him.

We further challenge EFCC to also show proof of how and when did Dr Chukwuma jump an administrative bail granted to him.

6. EFCC also claimed that Dr Chukwuma is being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission’s Lagos office. We equally challenge EFCC to show proof of this investigation: On whose petition is this investigation being carried out and proof of any letter on this investigation ever written to Innoson from this unit stating also the month and year.

7. The Commission is being economical with the truth by stating that Dr Chukwuma “mobilized six truckloads of thugs pretending to be staff of his company to his residence, where they manhandled EFCC operatives”.

The truth available at our disposal is that some factory workers on hearing their boss was being arrested, mobilized themselves to his residence to protest what they said was an illegal arrest. However, the EFCC operatives together with the Police team fired tear gas and dispersed them. We have pictures to back up our claim. At no point did these factory workers manhandle the armed

EFCC and Police officials at his residence. This is pure falsehood aimed at tarnishing the reputation of Dr Innocent Chukwuma (OFR).

8. EFCC as a law-abiding organisation and a strong advocate of rule of law as constantly shown and practised by its Head led by Ibrahim Magu should allow the court processes to reach its logical conclusion.

Dr Chukwuma’s case against GTB is already at the Supreme Court. We have absolute faith the Nigeria Judiciary. They should be allowed to adjudicate over this matter without undue interference from any quarters.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:"Warning to Men, These 3 Foods is Slowly Killing Your Erection". Click Here to Know Them


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • watersnake

    Mr. Chukwuma, please, instruct your lawyers to sue the efcc. now is another opportunity for you to increase your capital trough a very very legal means. impunity must not be allowed in our society. sue the agency for billions of dollars, please.

    • SeniO.

      My thoughts exactly…

    • oyoko

      let him sue, then the whole truth will surface. I know he will never sue, he knows efcc has facts.

      • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

        What facts?

        • endipin

          Cutting corners and failure to follow due process which he is notorious for.

        • Julius

          Do you know what went on between him and his bank ?

          • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

            Where have you been? Planet Mars? The full detail of what transpired between him and the bank is everywhere by virtue of the prolonged court case that put everything in the public domain. So yes I know what went on between him and the bank, now ask me another question but it must be a knowledgeable one this time.

          • Julius

            Hypocrite you! Now you believe his spokesman, the efcc , the bank statement and what PT posted..thought you don’t believe in what you read on PT. smh !. I dare say that no, you don’t know what’s going on till both camps comes out and table their nonsense. We will also know why efcc is involve as well….methink there is something else going on..we shall see !

          • MC

            Hahaha. Julius! No one is responding to you. Know why?

          • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

            I have sent him a devastating reply but PT is holding it pending review.

          • Arabakpura

            But seriously speaking Nigerians should be worried and I think the SW should worry more because Religious Bigotry is fast creeping its ugly head in the SW and the harbinger of that is the University of ilorin! When I read the reaction of the MURIC people led by a certain professor, I knew that a time bomb is ticking and I don’t blame those who worry about this dimension that issues are taking in Nigeria! Unfortunately, our president who addressed Muslims in Hausa during Id Maluu and speaks Hausa any time he visits the North has inadvertently told Nigerians that they should identify their own in anything they do!

            The SW however should watch it because University of Ilorin has supplied them with sufficient bigots and Zealots that extreme care should be taken to avoid conflagration!

          • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

            That Prof is known to have gone nuts long ago lol

          • Supo

            So, Ilorin is now part of the SW? Thanks for letting me know.

          • Arabakpura

            It’s not but that’s where they manufacture the zealots that will deal the SW the fatal blow; it’s no joke and you must all pay attention!

          • Supo

            Deal the SW the fatal blow? You know so little about the SW it’s painful. Ok o…we don hear.

          • Arabakpura

            Don’t be a charlatan; this is a serious issue! The SW cannot survive a religious upheaval!

          • Supo

            If only only cut out the insults we can have a meaningful discussion about this. If all you want to do is pass insults, I’ll not wallow in the gutter with you. There is no region in Nigeria that can survive a religious war, not just the SW. That said I disagree with the entire premise of the initial comment. There is no religious war booming anywhere. Definitely not in the SW.

          • Otile

            Don’t say anywhere. Have you been to the NE lately? The same Muslims fighting under the banner of Boko Haram can equally start a ruinous religious war in the SW. E gbo?

          • Arabakpura

            All I am saying partner is for you guys to be conscious and start the campaign before it festers! The cloud of it is gathering!

          • Otile

            Are the inhabitants not native Yorubas putting up with invading Fulani Muslims who claim that place as Fulani land? When the Yorubas realize the kind of damage the Fulanis are doing to everybody including SW they will rise up to free themselves and take back their land in Kwara and Kogi stolen by Fulani Muslims.

          • Supo

            The history of the people of Ilorin is well documented. How they choose to deal with the Fulani menace in their territory is entirely up to them. Mainstream Yoruba nation has no Fulani muslim problem.

          • Arabakpura

            Main stream ko, minor stream ni!

          • Supo

            You can do better than that surely. Articulate your views or move on. Your comment adds nothing to this discussion. The Yorubas of Ilorin know where they stand in the Yoruba nation. You probably don’t know that. It’s ok. You can’t know everything.

          • Arabakpura

            Stop living in self deceit! Why call a spade a garden fork? The bigots trained at the university of Ilorin are not all from kwara state!

          • Otile

            You don’t see the problem yet until one evening a Fulani Muslim sleeps with your wife and show you his dick.

          • Supo

            You’re a vile human being and there I was thinking that I could have a gentemanly debate on a matter of such importance and you have to descend into the gutter. Goodness. You need help man. Get some. Jesus loves you still though. Have a good evening.

          • Otile

            Get real saint Supo. How were you formed in your mother’s womb, is it not by your baba dipping his dick into your iya’s pussy? After professing holiness you will still be looking for a young lady to sleep with tonight. Vile human being indeed!

          • Julius

            smh..a faggot talking about what he hates..pussy . Na wa oo !

          • Julius

            lol@I have sent him a devastating reply…sure ! PT is holding it because you are special…right ?

          • Otile

            You guys make too much out of some_stupid dumb illiterate. Why waste your time reponding to him, does he understand what logic is all about let alone expressing himself? Before it is over he will be calling you fag, talking about mini skirts, excrements and all sorts of rubbish. When he becomes bereft is insults he will be calling you Otile, ranting of fake monikers etc. Just ignore the lowlife tout because he has nothing valuable to contribute to any discourse.

          • Julius

            lolz, I see you are using otile now for some comments…get back under another one make I slap you some more. It’s fun ! Hurry up !

          • MC

            He works at PT

          • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

            I doubt much he does, don’t think he is intellectually sound enough. It’s been two times now PT blocked my response to him, I don’t know why, I will however watch for another opportunity and if they block me again, I will have no alternative than to block him cos I can’t fight with my hands tied lol

          • Julius

            Really ?, you must be blind..probably dumb as well.

          • MC

            Hahahaha!

          • Julius

            lolz, abeg, man just dey having fun na.

        • oyoko

          I don’t know, i’m not among the investigators. How i wish he sue as you have advised.

          • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

            Okay lol, you sounded so confident there were facts

      • Julius

        That’s what a businessman of great repute ,clean hands will do. Let’s wait, he should also sue the efcc ..right ?

      • Otile

        There is no justice in Nigeria for people of SS SE under Buhari’s administration. Where is Maina today, if the crook was from our side of Africa would he still be walking? No justice no peace and no prosperity for the nation, Buhari and his criminal clique don’t know it.

  • Arabakpura

    It looks like they are also training thieves and liars at the EFCC! Why were they not successful in arresting the former DG DSS and that of NIA if they were this smart and brave?

    • kevenreal

      I closed my account with GTB yesterday, and I am calling everyone from SE/SS to do the same thing. The humiliation of people from our regions of Nigeria must stop. If Innoson was a Hausa/Fulani, this would not have happened.

      From all information available, this is nothing but intimidation instigated by GTB, using state apparatus of EFCC. Let us send them a message the little way we can by closing our accounts with GTB please.

      Pls do your little bit to stop this harassment and humiliation of our people pls. If you don’t want to close, just transfer your balance to another bank, until GTB apologises. God bless you as you do so to protect the honour of your people.

      • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

        Very commendable initiative. Citizens action is causing paradigm shifts across the globe

        • tundemash

          A businessman’s disagreement with a bank is now a reason for a whole region / tribe to act ?
          How about the woman maltreated by Ericson, why are you not calling out your fellow tribal bigots to boycott Ericson?

          • Julius

            Sue Ericson ke. You know they are scare of white people.

      • Julius

        hahahahahaha, you closed your account and asking the people of the SE and SS to do the same because the efcc picked up the businessman from the SE?. Really ?..You are a liar. You don’t even know what’s going on with the man and his bank. Na wa oo !

        • Solomon Brown

          Why then is a government agency, EFCC in this case pulling out all the stops, to be involved in a matter btw two private parties?

          • Julius

            Good question and we should all be waiting for the answer but, please don’t tell me this is the 1st time that something like this has happened in the country. My guess is he stepped on some toes and it may even be on some folks from his side of the town. Remember also that he is one of the movers and shakers in the country. Believe me, they all know what’s going on. What I object to is folks saying it’s because he is an Igbo man…that’s bull ! He is a Nigerian that knows how the system works…better than you and I.

          • Solomon Brown

            Julius you have to do more to convince me this isn’t tribal, I say so because Maina continues to elude this same EFCC, a fugitive of law, yet was still able to grant an interview to a media outlet. Selective enforcement of law is no enforcement at all, if at all he stepped on any toes, what happened to seeking justice in a court of law, I’d also like to know why EFCC and not the police ?

          • Julius

            That same man is one of them…you think he was thinking about you and me when things were going well with him ? It’s always tribal when they got caught …even that maina is blaming ‘other ‘people for his issues now. Sir, I know these people very well…let him take all of them to court. It wasn’t tribal when he was getting contracts to supply cars at a mind blowing prices to this same government that some of us are claiming to be tribal now. Is this the 1st time the efcc arrested a businessman or woman with issues with their bank ? Let’s be real, it’s not tribal bro.

      • tundemash

        Since this is the season of showing proof, show us proof of that account closure Mr. Tribal Bigot. A businessman’s disagreement with a bank is now a reason for a whole region / tribe to act ?
        How about the woman maltreated by Ericson, why are you not calling out your fellow tribal bigots to boycott Ericson?

      • mbewalu ogodo

        Closed mine as well.. the corporate acc I just transferred out all my money and it will go dormant.

      • Otile

        Oppression goes on and yet they want people to put up and hold on to one Nigeria. Nonesense

  • MaskedPhantom

    The best thing for Dr Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Limited to do, rather than exchange words with these janjaweed marabouts acting on Tinubu’s behest, is to sue EFCC for unlawful arrest and defamation of character. A N500 billion suit should suffice.

    • Julius

      Yeah, na Tinubu fault !!!!.There ya go…I knew it. I expect you will be blaming the whole country ,excluding your republic in your next post.

    • Pax

      Exactly. No. Fellow Nigerians will begin to abuse themselves. They will leave the point and add ethnic and sectional interests. Wahala sleep, yanga go wake am. I beg, lef me o!

  • Sanssouci

    If EFCC truly had evidence this guy was involved in something as serious as securities fraud with a co-conspirator (his brother) still at large I doubt they would have released him after less than 48 hours. If there is any iota of truth in EFCC’s claims they would have have stood their ground and detained him for the normal 2weeks+. EFCC The same public opinion you have been riding on is about to spit in your face, go ahead and arrest Maina, Ekpeyong, Oke and Babachir Lawal if you think you have balls

  • Timothy

    This case against Innoson does not add up. There’s more to it than we hear today. GTB can be behind it….they even have a case against them and won….so if the guy is humiliated or charged with fraud they could force him to accept a deal. Innoson is a businessman he is not about to waste his time in EFCC custody because of tax weavers or fake documents. This man is already in the govt’s payroll so why all this now. Personally I believe GTB is behind it. I could be wrong.

  • thusspokez

    Mr. Osigwe blamed the GTBank for orchestrating the arrest of his principal, a claim the bank denied in an exchange with PREMIUM TIMES shortly after Mr. Chukwuma was arrested Tuesday.

    In none of the communique and statements issued by the EFCC had it mentioned GTBank. The reason for Innocent Chukwuma’s arrest is:

    “followed his refusal to honour invitation by the Commission having earlier jumped an administrative bail granted him in a case being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission’s Lagos office.”

    • Gary

      eRat, you arereally working hard for your stipend. Now that innoson has challenged the false claims you still harken to the press release as if it came from Mount Sinai.
      Present your evidence or just shut up.

      • thusspokez

        I am a very busy person with many things to attend to. And I am getting sick of people like you who are filling my ‘notification box’ with response that add noting to any debate.

        If you have nothing intelligent to say, shut up for goodness sake and stop sending me silly responses otherwise I should be forced to ban you from responding to my comments.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          You are so busy stabbing people in the back to earn your blood money.

          • thusspokez

            You are another person, I would like to add to my ban or blocked list.

          • Otile

            Bragging tout, your sponsors do not trust you enough to provide you with the right software to block people because they know you will misuse their software. You also threatened to block, and I saw how amateurish you are then I thwarted your attempts uhwith one click of the mouse. I dare you to try again. Paid tout.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            YOU NEED NOT GET WORKED UP. I ENJOY YOUR WRITE UPs BUT CANNOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH YOU.

          • thusspokez

            CANNOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH YOU.

            Well, you will be surprised to know that you are not the only one -– and that I too, do not always agree with myself.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      You are still defending evil abi ? Your lies and that of those you represent will soon expire.

    • Otile

      Paid tout, go and kiss poop. Asshole

    • susy tutor

      Why do you Yorunba people love injustice so much. Why should the bank use EFCC to go and intimidate Innoson Motors. Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba man created EFCC to intimidate, attack and persecute his perceived enemies, and today, yoruba businesses are using EFCC to harass people from other tribe. This nonsense of one tribe hijacking agencies of the Federal government to attack other tribes must stop. A word is enough for the wise.

      • thusspokez

        Why do you Yorunba people…

        Piss off before I block you! Just Try me!

        To everyone:

        I find myself being dragged into the gutter by ídíóts posters mainly on Nigerian websites and consequently, my usual high standard of response is getting lowered. NO MORE! I am not going to tolerate the nonsense I find ONLY on Nigeria websites any longer.

        If you want to have civilised conversations and debates, I will oblige you. But my New Year resolution is to block all posters who persistently send me puerile and mórónic responses. I don’t know why there are so many such ídíóts on Nigerian websites. What is it that is attracting so many of them to Nigerian websites?

  • Ncustom Akhigbe Mike

    NIGERIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE AUCTION SALES ON DIFFERENT BRAND OF RICE AT THE RATE OF #8,500 PER BAGS,#1000 FOR THE DELIVERY 08142739358

  • This EFCC is buhari’s instrument of persecution. They’ve declared war on political opposition and businesses. Their impunity is unmatched. They’re the vicious Gestapo unleashed on the citizens to suppress and to subjugate in the run up to 2019 elections. They shall fail.