EFCC operatives slapped my wife, ‘tear-gassed’ my four-month-old grandson – Innoson boss

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

The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Innoson Motors, Innocent Chukwuma, on Wednesday told members of the Senate committee on anti-corruption how his family members were reportedly maltreated by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission when they arrested him last December.

Mr. Chukwuma said that his wife was slapped while his four-month-old grandson and staff members were tear-gassed by EFCC operatives after forcefully gaining entrance to his house.

Enyinnaya Abaribe, Abia-PDP, had on December 20, a day after the arrest, announced at plenary that the operatives of EFCC slapped the wife of Mr. Chukwuma.

“Another incident happened in his house. The wife asked a question; ‘why are you arresting my husband? What has happened?’ And they slapped her,” he had said.

Confirming this on Thursday, the Innoson boss said the operatives, ”swooped on his house like assassins.”

“I do not know any thug nor do I have any thug let alone inviting or mobilising them to resist my arrest. Rather, given the way EFCC men entered into my residence, I thought they were assassins.

“As a result, I notified some of my friends and staff and they came to find out what was happening. The EFCC operatives that came to arrest me slapped my wife. Of course, she asked them for their warrant of arrest. They also beat up one Chidozie who was living with me to stupor. They used teargas on him for failing to tell them where I was. The EFCC operatives maltreated me as well.”

He added that he and his relatives and staff were maltreated before he was arrested.

“They used tear gas on me, flew me to Lagos in a pair of shorts, ‘snapped’ me with camera, sent the pictures to GTBank. They also injured some of my staff while shooting live bullets and tear gas. The tear gas affected my four-month-old grandson, who was there with his mother.”

PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately get a reaction to this allegation.

In its reaction, the EFCC representative told the panel that it had the powers to arrest Mr. Chukwuma or any other Nigerian with or without a warrant.

“We can arrest a person with or without a warrant. And the matter for which we have invited him for, the law did not state that we can’t arrest him without a warrant,” the EFCC Director of Legal and Prosecution, Chilo Okoroma, told members of the Senate committee

The senate resolved to continue the probe on a later date.


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    The EFCC is led by a terrorist, who has been rejected, twice, by the Senate, a constitutional requirement to the post. Yet, the rejected Chairman refused to go.

    Nigeria is a 4th world country of ugly mumus.

    This hearing, and the narration of lawlessness by this victim cannot overcome the tribal animus of the over 80% that are afflicted with this disease. They are rather enjoying the ordeal of this business genius at the hands of these terrorists and thugs.

    • Julius

      I’m disappointed that you weren’t there to confront the EFCC operatives protecting . Of course you will dress like a woman in high heels…You know everything born coward…abi . Everything is tribal to you. If the operatives behaved like a thug they should be investigated, arrested and punished. Business genius for assembling cars/trucks that were manufactured by other people ? Lmaoooooo, I mean give him credit for being a businessman doing what he is doing but, a genius ?

      • Yemi

        Says the guy who complains about fulani herdsman… onirase

        • Julius

          Ma da lohun !

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    “They used tear gas on me, flew me to Lagos in a pair of shorts, ‘snapped’ me with camera, sent the pictures to GTBank. They also injured some of my staff while shooting live bullets and tear gas. The tear gas affected my four-month-old grandson, who was there with his mother.”
    Ahh these goons are more like hired hooligans and definitely not law enforcement agents of a legitimate Government. Only a coward slaps a harmless woman, worse still another mans wife. Releases a canister with a baby in sight ? What a jungle of a country. What a shame.

    • annoymous

      i agree with you, i also believe for every arrest there should be a warrant. the efcc shouldnt say they have the right to arrest with or without a warrant, that is so terrible.

  • item7

    All these the EFCC did you and family as you claimed. Is it comparable to the economic rot you foisted on the bank and her depositors when you fraudulently cleared and took possession of syndicated goods that if genuinely sold could have attracted interested to the bank depositors and share holders. Your action confirmed criminal advantage to you and massive to the share holders of the bank . you invariably liquidated and ran some small businesses whose money your fraudulently diverted from GTB. Plse no ethnic gimmicks here because Igbos did not have meeting with you to defraud the bank.


      This is the reason why, what Igbos of the mid 1960s showed us how to deal with these people!

      • Julius

        By going around in the middle of the night murdering their elites, military officers , their wives and children ? Is that what you wanna do again ? Yeah sure, we won’t be so nice taking you in when you started running from them again. Coward bastard.

        • Holy truth

          Wa se orire.

          • Julius

            Se ori nonsense to post. A dumb ass moron. They think we were all born yesterday.

          • Holy truth

            Mo ri baba, it just shows how dumb & upside down some of dis guys reasons. I often read there dumb posts & laugh at their dumbness.

          • Julius

            That’s otile the faggot for ya..he thinks tru his anus !..be ni jor ! We know better..

    • Yemi

      Didn’t a court award judgement AGAINST the bank? Keep being jealous of the SUCCESSFUL Igbo business man, while turning a blind eye to your Tinubu.. Oniranu

  • NwaIgbo

    I wish EFCC will give this type of treatment to Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram and other cultist/criminal elements in Nigeria. Not holding brief for any convicted criminal, every accused person should be treated with some modicum of respect and human dignity.
    For those having problems with ” Business genius for assembling cars/trucks that were manufactured by other people” – Pity and shame. We do understand, we have seen this movie before. PRODA was the research and development agency that cropped up after the civil war from Eastern Nigeria, today where is PRODA? The technological marvels created during the civil war was discontinued and eventually abandoned. China started off copying other nations, but today they are at the forefront technological marvels and breakthrough. We do what we do best, we rush to China in thousands, and begin out import and distribution which we are very good at. Can we for once celebrate creativity regardless of where it originates from?

    • Andrei Izmailov

      Imbecile,is it the efcc’s job to arrest fulani herdsmen,boko haram or cultists?

  • tinubuthief

    Act of tyrant. A Fulani President with a Fulani EFCC. What a tragedy

  • Biafran 1967

    Innoson’s reward for believing in one Nigeria.

    • Julius

      Innoson was making money from Nigerian..his reward !

      • Holy truth

        I love dat response bro.

        • Julius

          Fact is beautiful thing bro !

  • Iskacountryman

    no be you do gra gra with state authority before…

    • Intrepid

      M0nkey, in all your adulterous life, have you been so maltreated?

      • Iskacountryman

        why should i be…i am always respectful to men with guns…didnt innoson, the debtor, first order his men to beat up dss officials…what do you think would happen after that even in biafra?

        • Yemi

          Debtor to who? See why you will die in your poverty? Oniranu. Onirase.

          • Iskacountryman

            agbajes bank…

      • Iskacountryman

        no sir…no sir…i stay away from peoples wives….i only go after ex service women…

  • GusO

    The Senate does not have anything serious to do other than investigating the arrest of Innoson boss? Have they ever being concerned about the illegal and unlawful arrests of innocent citizens daily by the Nigeria Police for not getting enough bribes from the citizens?


      If they do that to the rich then imagine what they would do to the poor. This is how a democratic society is built. Let them investigate and indict and possibly pass new bills to protect the rights of suspects with cases at EFCC .

  • JasV

    This is my problem with these fraudsters. They can make up stories. Why will any real man, who money is not his god, who will not sleep with his mother under any circumstance, (more especially because of billions of naira) still be alive today when his four month old grand child is attacked? I JasV wiill definitely have been dead by now or at least still be in hospital. GOD FORBID. Bundle this crook to where he actually belongs.


      Anybody arrested by Senate-rejected EFCC Chairman was Kidnapped, because he is NOT authorized to arrest anybody.

      The Senate did not CONFIRM him, he is acting as a terrorist!

  • Holy truth

    So now NASS has turned to law court where innonso took his case to? Na wah O. Now d NASS is doing d job of legislation & judiciary at same time. Dis is one out of many reasons dis country called Nigeria is a laughing stock to d outside world. D court is there dis man couldn’t go d only place to go is NASS so dat some of d thieves innonso sponsored into NASS will now be ranting rubbish there. If dis good 4 nothing lazy pepper soup pot belly corrupt thieves have nothing better or meaningful to do at dat NASS d place should be closed.
    D other day one loose canon called dinosaur mai liar with cooked up ABU degree was talking of customs controller not coming to receiving dem at d gate of his office, I still find it difficult to understand how not coming receive u at d gate will solve or add to d problems on d ground. Bunch of idiots.