UPDATED: EFCC files fraud charges against Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma

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

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has filed fraud charges against Innoson Motors and its embattled chairman, Innocent Chukwuma.

The third defendant in the suit is Mr. Chukwuma’s brother, Charles.

The four-count charge is dated November 30, and filed at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Division.

Mr. Chukwuma was arrested by the EFCC at his residence in Enugu on Tuesday morning. He was then transported to Lagos where he was granted bail on Wednesday night.

His arrest follows allegations he forged some documents in a transaction involving GTBank.

Mr. Chukwuma dismissed the charges in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday, saying the EFCC lacks professionalism and legal intricacies.

The businessman has been locked in a long drawn legal battle with GTBank over alleged arbitrary deductions in his bank account.

The bank accused Mr. Chukwuma of forging shipping documents to obtain under financial gratification for himself and his company.

The EFCC charges bordered entirely on the allegations raised by the bank.

The four-count included attempt to obtain under false pretense, obtaining under false pretense, theft and forgery of shipping and financial documents.

All the alleged offences contravene several extant criminal statutes in Lagos State and are punishable there, court filing shows.

The EFCC listed 10 witnesses who would support its case before the court.

The whereabouts of Charles Chukwuma is still unknown to federal authorities.

It is not immediately clear if a judge has been assigned to hear the case or when proceedings would commence.

In a response to the development Sunday night, Cornel Osigwe, a spokesperson for Innoson Group, said the EFCC has become so incompetent that it now abuses court processes at will.

“This is clearly an abuse of court process,” Mr. Osigwe said. “It seems like the EFCC does not have intelligent officers anymore.”

Mr. Osigwe said the EFCC had previously investigated the complaints which gtbank brought against Innoson in 2012.

“During the investigation, he was invited and he honoured the invitation. After the investigation EFCC filed a charge against him at Lagos State High Court.

“The charge was subsequently struck out.

“However Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd. appealed against the order striking out the case on the basis that it ought to be dismissal in its entirety so that it will never be filed again.

“The appeal number is CA/l/1330CM/2017 and is, till date, still pending at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division.

“Since then, EFCC never invited him,” Mr. Osigwe said.

He accused GTBank of instigating the EFCC in order to divert attention from the damages ruling which Mr. Chukwuma had procured at different courts, including the Court of Appeal.

A spokesperson for GTBank declined comments about the claims Sunday night, telling PREMIUM TIMES the matter is already before the law court.

“In corporate governance standards, an ethical institution does not comment about a matter that is already before the court,” said Meksley Nwagboh, GTBank head of corporate communications.

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The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has filed fraud charges against Innoson Motors and its embattled chairman, Innocent Chukwuma.

The third defendant in the suit is Mr. Chukwuma’s brother, Charles.

The four-count charge is dated November 30, and filed at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Division.

Mr. Chukwuma was arrested last week and released a day later.

His arrest follows allegations he forged some documents in a transaction involving GTBank

The businessman has denied any wrongdoing.

Details later…

Below is a copy of the court papers.

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EDITOR’s NOTE: This post has been updated with an extended version, containing additional information.


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          an attempt at humour i think. Welcome back. Thought you were on Xmas break.

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    @YahayaOmaye:disqus ;

    Bukola Saraki’s shameful ignorance in public

    Nigerians should demand unconditional apology from Bukola Saraki who, as a misfit in a job above his head,
    uttered nonsense clutching an oversize gavel in the Senate Chambers last week that EFCC must be called
    to order or sanctioned for attempting to arrest Innocent Chukwuma because, as he said, the government of
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    • shasha

      Your foolishness is factory fitted, designed in Japan and can only be cured by a well trained Japanese Mechanic. Your write would have made a sense after Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson Motor Chairman) is convited by competent law court. As it is today. the issue is the word of Innocent against EFCC/GTB and vice-visa.

  • Julius

    Here we go…this is where the whole shit belong in the first place ..in court !. Let the them fight it out.

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    You can’t mess with bank’s money, it’s not government treasury. I can bet that it has nothing to do with tribes. Just a pure criminal case.

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    This how some of these so called fraudulent industrialists steal bank money and run d bank ground in d name of entrepreneurship. But this one his cup is full and ve to face d music bcos d days of impunity are becoming over.

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      Is that what u understood from what u read? Ur people wasted money sending u to school

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      I know the wheels of justice turn rather slowly but the investigation of this case is starting some 6 to 8 years after the alleged offence.

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        I thought they had an agreement where Mr. Innocent agreed to be paying the bank certain amount of money which he was paying till he stop it on his own in disregard of the court order. Correct me if I’m wrong..abeg.

        • abodes_124

          there is the diagreement with GTB and Innoson which is a civil matter going through the courts. The criminal matter which the EFCC is involved in relates to documents the bank alleges he forged to clear some goods between 2009 and 2011 that is what the EFCC is charging him for the second time following a previous acquittal for the same. – As I understand it.

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            ummm, charging him for the second time for the same offense after being acquitted ? Wouldn’t that be double jeopardy ?. I doubt that’s the case. We shall see ! We need some e-lawyer abeg.

  • Julius

    Ty , same to you and the family! Hope all is well!!

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    Mr. Chukwuma is damaging the image of Innoson Motors. He should resign or the shareholders of the company should force him to step down.

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