While EFCC prosecutes Innoson, Nigerian Army patronises its ‘quality’ vehicles, others

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

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced that it has gone into partnership with Innoson Motors “for modification of some of its equipment, local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardwares.”

Innoson, a Nigerian auto firm, is currently being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for allegedly using fake documents in a transaction also involving GTBank.

Innoson, whose head, Innocent Chukwuma, is also being prosecuted, has denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, on Tuesday, the Army said its leadership met with Mr. Chukwuma to arrive at the partnership.

The army said vehicles it earlier purchased from Innoson have been durable and many of them used in the war against Boko Haram in the North-east.

“The specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured fighting vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations,” Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said.

Read the army’s full statement below.

Nigerian Army Patronises Innoson for Military Vehicles

The Nigerian Army has today Tuesday 2nd January 2018, formally gone into partnership with Nigerian indigenous motor manufacturing company, Innoson Motors Manufacturing Company, for modification of some of its equipment, local production of armoured fighting vehicles and other military hardwares. This was made manifest during a meeting between the management of the company let by the Chairman, Doctor Innocent Chukwuma and the leadership of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, congratulated the company for giant strides it has recorded in the production of various brands of vehicles lately. He said that the essence of the meeting was to further formalize the business relationship between the Nigerian Army and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company. The Chief of Army Staff recalled with delight that the Nigerian Army being patriotic and in a bid to encourage local entrepreneurs asked Innoson Motors to supply 3 vehicles early last year which were found to be durable and performing very well as they were employed in combat and proved to be useful, comfortable and convenient in military operations. Based on that the Nigerian Army acquired over 70 more variants of the Innoson vehicles which were deployed in the North East for Operation LAFIYA DOLE. He further stated that the Nigerian Army desires to deepen its cooperation by partnering with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to conceptualize, design, modify and produce military hardwares.

The specific areas of partnership between the Nigerian Army and the company include immediate supply 100 vehicles, supply of appropriate gears, engines and chassis required for immediate modifications and repairs of armoured fighting vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations. Identifying requirements for production of armoured fighting vehicle in Nigerian Army Central Workshop in Kaduna and enhancing capacity of Nigerian Army personnel to actively participate on the successful implementation of these joint ventures.

Responding, Innocent Chukwuma expressed happiness that the Nigerian Army has found his vehicles working perfectly and commended the Chief of Army Staff for his great sense of patriotism. He promised to assist the Nigerian Army in its quest for better vehicles for its troops and resuscitation of its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops. Innocent Chukwuma further thanked the Chief of Army Staff for the commendation, maintaining that his company would continue to improve and expand its capacity in vehicle manufacturing. He further appreciated the Nigerian Army for the patronage, describing the critical role the Nigerian Army is playing in national development through the fight against insurgency in the North-east and Nigeria in general.

Highlight of the occasion was inspection and handing over of three of the newly manufactured vehicles by the company for trial by the Nigerian Army. These newly manufactured vehicles are; IVM G80 Bigger Jeep, IVM G40 Smaller Jeep and IVM Granite Pickup.


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  • Du Covenant

    In my opinion, this is how we allow primordial sentiments cloud our sense of judgement. I am not not preview to whatever infractions this man may have have committed. The fact that the army use the vehicles he is producing does not exonerate him from any wrong doing. Let him clear his name in the court of law and that will be the end of story. We are quick to create personalities that are above the laws of the land while complaining how nothing works in Nigeria. No matter how tall and mighty you feel you are, the laws of the land ought to be supreme. There are three parties involved here, GTBank, Nigeria and Mr. Innocent. I believe the courts will listen to his side of the story, examine the facts on ground and pass judgement. This is how decent societies function. The army can continue to buy his vehicles but, he must clear his name in the court of law not on news papers.

    • Kickboxer

      E vex you say ARMY dey buy from Innoson. Your GTBank lost in court and resorted to using EFCC to intimidate the man before the pending Supreme Court judgement….EFCC, aka taxpayers, would pay for the illegal arrest and detention and assault on the man’s family…..meanwhile, why are MYSTERIOUS FIRES without smoke keep destroying DOCUMENTS at your bank…? Or maybe there is a new banking method called BANKING WITH FIRES?

      • EkoILe

        Be quiet make person hear, mr Biafra sympathizer! Are you not among those disturbing Nigeria peace because of perceived tribalism against Innoson auto business last year? Nigeria government does not do this and that….blah blah
        Many detribalised Nigerians from the eastern region know better.

        • Julius

          Ma da were e lohun jor. That’s how they play victim hood and found out later that they’re completely wrong. It makes them weak as hell!!

      • Biafran 1967

        Thank you.

    • Wetin Naija

      What is this hot reaction about? What are you reacting to? Did you read anywhere that he is asking for special preference. Why this hatred. Enemy of progress. Are you crying blood out because the army is buying from Innoson?

    • Biafran 1967


    • Oty

      But I guess that you also know the tenets of “rule of law”? Part of which says that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

      Principles of rule of law. noun. 1. the principle that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced; the principle of government by law.

      It also mandates that governments exercise their power “in accordance with well- established and clearly written rules, regulations, and legal principles.” Due Process is a necessary companion to the rule of law, requiring “fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, especially in the courts.”

      From the above it means that the burden of proof is on you and others who think that Innoson or Innocent is guilty of some offence. And that you should go to court. Not EFCC Gestapo

    • whereto

      we have too many retards with access to the media. This matter you have presented as simple is actually extremely complex for them.

  • Julius

    …And Nigerians supposed to hate this man because he is an Igbo man ? The devil is a liar !

    • Kickboxer

      aah…you? It seems like your brain cells refused today to process your LIES so you had to say the truth…for how long though?

      • Julius

        Moron, you must have been under the rock with Kanu for the past months not to have read your delusional people blaming the country , especially the Yorubas for Mr. Innocent issues with his bank.

    • GusO

      Wow! Nobody hates him because he is Igbo. Your assumptions are presumptuous. I’m for the government as a whole, including our unpatriotic National Assembly, patronising Nigerian companies such as Innoson. But Dr. Chukwuma and any other Nigerian should not do a 419 with our banks. He is not the only elite doing so. Many elites from all tribes are doing it and whe

      • Julius

        Read my comments again and makes note of the word “supposed “… I got your point tho.

        • GusO

          OK, I got it. I may have read your write up too fast.

      • Oty

        So, where in the narrative was it said Innoson or Innocent took loan from GTB and was unable to pay?

        Or maybe you have insider information

        • Julius

          You should tell us all about it since you signed all his loans documents with the bank with him.

          • KELLOGGS

            You can keep pretending like Nigeria is a country.

            What you see there today is total rubbish of a country that will eventually be torn down.

            The Islamic occupation will END. You and your lazy parasitic people will be evicted from our lands, id!ot.

          • Julius

            You are not only a retard and a moron, you are also a big fat JOKE ! Nigeria is a country and if you don’t like it, leave, just go !!

      • share Idea

        How many times have you seen Igbos complaining when their person is treated fairly like others – either in corruption prosecution or appointments.

        Orji Kalu and Nnamni are currently standing trial as ex governors, have you ever read Igbos complained that they are being prosecuted because they are Igbos.

        How many people that have dealings with banks in Nigeria, have EFCC invaded their compounds as a result of their transactions with the bank? More,so when such matter is before the court.

        This idea of government agencies exhibiting all their strength against a select few people in order to show that they are working does not help to promote peace and harmony.

        In advanced country while some bad minority people will hide under cloth of racism to commit crime, law enforcement agencies tries as much as possible not to overtly display (validate) racial behaviour against such people even when they have committed a crime. Rather, they make sure that they covertly build a solid case against such people that they would not have opportunity of terming actions taken by government agency as racially instigated (even though in some cases racial motive would be remotely there… but the most important thing is that ordinary individual can not on the basis of information available input racial coloration).

  • Wetin Naija

    Our problem in Nigeria is wickedness. Enemy of progress. Du Covenant is evil

    • newday

      The EFCC has not created & cant create even one job in this country. In fact it has no money. The money it squanders on frivolous law suits is our money.

  • Sam

    Premium times, what is the meaning of this pedestrian headlines? Is innoson as a company a one man business ? Should the army avoid doing business with innoson because it’s ceo has a case to answer to? This is nonsense coming from PT.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Innoson is a Nigerian motto company with a personalty distinct and different from that of it’s founder.
      They must know that.

    • thusspokez

      The reporter is treating the company as if it is a sole trader (and therefore the property of its owners) and not the limited company that it is.

  • SholaJohn

    I guess this is sponsored.

    • Wetin Naija

      Sponsored by your father

      • thusspokez

        PT Ban these posters !!!
        PT Ban these posters !!!
        PT Ban these posters !!!

        Nigerian websites have become notorious for these sort of language. When are you Nigerian websites going to take action to stop this Nigerian sickness online?

    • Arabakpura

      I believe you! It was sponsored by the Nigerian army headed by Buratai!

      • Julius

        Then call your brother Innocent to come out and dispute the news !. It should be so simple. Maybe he sponsored this himself after all he is a businessman .

    • thusspokez

      And I would be inclined to agree with you. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck (or in this case PR)!

  • Ijeuwa

    The Commander in Chief himself should be using those vehicles if he’s serious about promoting made in Nigeria products.

    • Arabakpura

      Good point! The commander in chief should also start using made in Nigeria Fuel! You have plenty of it in the creeks but he has proven that he likes made in London better which he has shown by his frequent relocation to London!

  • Arabakpura

    He who God has blessed, no man or institution – not EFCC and not GTB can curse!

  • thusspokez

    While EFCC prosecutes Innoson, Nigerian Army patronises its ‘quality’ vehicles…

    That the Nigerian army should cease buying ‘bespoke’ vehicles from a vehicle manufacturing company because its dodgy CEO is in a bit of bother with a Nigerian law enforcement agency? What has one got to do with the other? The reporter is mixing two different (and even unrelated) stories.

    • Boss

      You’re right. There are fifth columnists in Premium Times and you come across slanted stories like this all the time. If the man’s product is good there is no reason not to patronize him and if he has committed fraud as alleged there is no reason not to prosecute him.
      Brown envelope journalism is very much alive in Premium Times.

  • Truthman

    That a newspaper like this would parade a headline like this … Sad, sad indeed.

  • Peace Forall

    Is there any differences between buhari hausa-fulani in EFCC and hausa-fulani in nigeria army?