Innoson boss, Innocent Chukwuma, released on bail

Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Innoson Group. [Photo credit: YouTube]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released the statement below announcing the release of Innocent Chukwuma, the chief executive officer of Innoson Motors.

The businessman was released on bail, the EFCC said.

READ FULL STATEMENT BY THE EFCC BELOW

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released Nnewi, Anambra-State born Industrialist, Chief Innocent Chukwuma on bail.

The business man who runs a local auto assembly plant was arrested on Tuesday December 19, 2017 at his Enugu residence, following his refusal to respond to invitations by the Commission, after initially being granted administrative bail by the Commission, while his surety could also not be found.

Unfortunately the industrialist resisted arrest and stirred controversy by bringing six truck-loads of thugs to block the entrance to his Plot W1, Industrial Layout, Abakaliki Road, Emeni, Enugu, home.

This was after he initially misled the Police Command by informing them that his home had been invaded by armed robbers and kidnappers despite the fact that operatives of the Commission duly identified themselves to policemen guarding his home.

His unruly thugs encircled and manhandled operatives of the Commission who had gone to effect the arrest.

Consequently, a distress call was sent to the Commission’s Enugu Office for reinforcement.

In all of this, the Commission’s operatives acted with decorum and civility. No one was manhandled or assaulted by the EFCC team, and not a single shot was fired, despite the provocation.

Chief Chukwuma and his brother, Charles Chukwuma (who is still at large), are being investigated by the Insurance and Capital Market Fraud Section of the Commission’s office in Lagos over matters bordering on N1, 478, 366, 859.66 fraud and forgery.

The industrialist, among other infractions, allegedly used forged documents to secure tax waivers.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity
20th December, 2017


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  • Otile

    The whole write up sounds vicious and senseless. Journalism in Nigeria has degenerated to asinine levels since certificate forger Buhari took power. It is now a question of anything goes.

    • Mufu Ola

      Let’s your own story? Stop gassing!

      • Bassey Frank

        Which story? Are you daft?

        • Mufu Ola

          U’re a “Bassey”. So I’m not surprised about your understanding ” story” & daft. Otile is telling us story about Buhari when EFCC is stating its case against Innoson/Innocent. What’s d connection between his problem & Buhari? D problem with u slave mentality people is that u get edgy over simple issues where u can state your coherently without bigotry.

          • Rev

            Your inferiority complex cannot be cured.

          • Bassey Frank

            If you know the origin of the case, and if you listened to the contributions on the floor of the Senate yesterday, you will be alarmed about the wide-wide-web of EFCC on a contractual matter between a bank and its customer. You will be more alarmed, if you still have attires carrying healthy blood in your system, how EFCC engages in selective persecution under PMB. That Babachir Lawal, Maina, AGF, Interior Minister are all walking shoulder high with no shadow of EFCC operative in their domain, and they are vigorously pursuing Innoson CEO, shows you how Satan has been enthroned in our decrypt political system.

          • Anasieze Donatus

            My brother please ignore must of these people. They have been in a mind of frustration since the deafet of that Otuoke man. How many of this same bigots appluaded Federal Government when they awarded vehicle supply contract to Innosons. How many of the heartache kids applauded Federal Government when the awarded Innoson the right to manufacture Nigeria Airforce plane parts and How many of these characters masquerading as Innocent Chukwuman Defence attorney when the Nigeria Army awarded this same Innosons the contract of refurbishing most of their vehicle used in North East. Not that they are ignorant of this facts but just want to wail. I have learnt to ignore their antics because the pains of PMB actions in stopping their free lunch is second to none

  • Gary

    Thank God for public opinion. The EFCC is now backing off and trying to justify its usurpation of regular Police functions after illegally inserting itself into a business dispute outside its official mandate.

  • Bassey Frank

    Babachir Lawal, the “suspended” SGF is a free man; after looting the fund meant for IDPs..
    Abdulrasheed Maina enjoyed the protection of Police, DSS, immigration and EFCC – a fugitive that looted the nation’s pension fund.
    Building will collapse on all these pretentious characters who are covering people from a particular part of the country who the society knows are thieves, and looters.

  • Intrepid

    Nigeria under the satanic Dictator will continue to reap destruction, until the finale of this evil regime.

  • share Idea

    Imagine EFCC describing Innoson as local auto manufacturer…Nigeria we hail thee

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      bro no be small thing.

    • B. E. Ogbu

      I thought I was the only one who noticed the condescending slight.

      • sta

        Don’t mind the idiots in efcc under buhari

    • Tola

      Go to the dictionary and check the meaning. Words do not necessarily have the colloquial connotations you input to it. We have local refinery, local cement producers, local rice etc. It distinguishes them from foreign made or imported not the colloquial condescending connotation you give to it.

      • share Idea

        Have you ever heard of the saying…words assume different meaning depending on the context it is being used? The Local Auto manufacturer in the context it was used was condescending, and please do not confuse your readers.

        • Tola

          You are misreading a colloquial context into it. The FGN even has incentive for local auto assembly. There are so many reference to local manufacturers. Take off your colloquial lenses and you see nothing condescending in the use.

  • Rev

    Buhari and his ficticitous government continues to demonstrate their brazen ignorance, of the reality that you cannot suppress a people whose determination to exert themselves as a people outside of the present Fulani hagemony is untarnished and unvarnished.

  • We serve a God of vengeance who will always fight for his own. You people have been shutting igbo businesses down for so long, but this maginalisation will soon catch up with you all. Rubbish!

  • samG60

    See this Wilson making so many unsubstantiated allegations, you claim a man brought six trucks of thugs? can you prove he was the one that brought the people and can you prove they were thugs? who is a thug? are they not citizens of this country? by which method did you use in determining they were thugs? was it perhaps the language they spoke? by which method did you come to the conclusion that Innoson brought people in trucks? did you perhaps have a his phone under legal surveillance? You claim he misled police because you identified yourselves to policemen guarding his home? but you didn’t state that you knew for a fact that these policemen relayed the same to him as he could have genuinely believed you were armed robbers or kidnappers. You claim his crime is forging documents to illegally claim tax waivers? EFCC has now become the authority on tax matters?

  • man

    maina is still hiding in the country.

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  • sta

    Six truck loads of thugs? Efcc fear God

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  • thusspokez

    …policemen guarding his home

    He even has police guarding his home.

    His unruly thugs encircled and manhandled operatives of the Commission who had gone to effect the arrest.Of course stúpíd members of his his tribe would still defend the crook who thinks that he is above the law. Preventing arrest by law enforcement is serious criminal act in every country.

    The crooked businessman has seen how the Federal government under the then weak Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the law enforcement agencies allowed the terrorist Kanu to undermine them and the law, and tried to be a Kanu wannabe; a Kanu copycat, but the EFCC had no room for such nonsense and swiftly arrested him.

    Crooked businessman Innocent Chukwuma is an ídíót. Here is someone who had spent years building up his business only to badly destroy its image. The Volkswagen ‘testing scandal’ badly damaged the public trust and image of Volkswagen, and to this day, Volkswagen has been working hard towards restoring public trust in the company. In other parts of the world, there would be an emergency shareholders meeting to demand his immediate resignation from the business whose image he had badly damaged.

    Innocent Chukwuma would now be seen as untrustworthy; crook and thug who thinks that he is above the law. This is not the profile of someone who should be running a medium-size business. Most Nigerian businesspeople are amateurs.