Chukwuma, alias Innoson is standing trial in a matter between his company and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the automobile boss had previously failed to come to court for his arraignment for charges of fraud on January 17, February 9 and March 14
Justice Mojishola Dada had on Friday, February 9, issued a bench warrant for the arrest and detention of Chukwuma in prison for failure to attend court proceedings for formal arraignment by the Economic and financial Crime Commission.
The lawyer’s outburst followed an enquiry by the judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, about the whereabouts of Chukwuma, who was not in court
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chukwuma was to be arraigned alongside his company, Innoson Motors Limited and Charles Chukwuma.
In the case, the EFCC is accusing Innoson of obtaining containers of motorcycles spare parts by false pretences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos “with intent to defraud”
The other defendants in the ex parte application filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos are the Federal High Court, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police and Guaranty Trust Bank.
The industrialist was allegedly whisked off his Enugu residence by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and detained on alleged directive from Malami’s office.
The CNPP in its reaction to the controversial arrest, also through a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, urged the Senate to ensure that the Acting EFCC Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was appropriately sanctioned if it was found that the Commission colluded with Guarantee Trust Bank Plc in the saga.
Suddenly the matter has taken a curve and suddenly its being cited as another “attack” against the Igbos. Suddenly there is a war cry: All Igbos must close their GTB accounts and move them to Diamond and Fidelity.
The Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Wednesday that Chukwuma was released on bail
The Senate decision was sequel to a point of order raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who narrated how Chukwuma was arrested around of 5am at his residence in Enugu State, adding that the arrest is against his human rights.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn on a tweet by EFCC on its official Twitter handle claiming that the gestapo kind of arrest of Dr. Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) today at his Enugu residence was because he didn’t honour an invitation from the commission sent to him.
Chukwuma was picked up at about 11am at his Savage Crescent, GRA Enugu residence on Tuesday