Chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, yesterday responded to the report of court declaring him wanted, saying it was attempt to embarrass his personality.
According to a statement he issued yesterday, “I have been briefed by my lawyers that Justice Mojisola Dada of Lagos State High Court Ikeja granted the oral plea of counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to declare me wanted because of my failure to appear before the court today.
I have expressly stated before that I am not afraid of arraignment but must be arraigned through due process of the law.
“It must be noted that I, through my legal counsel, challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos State High Court to hear the forgery charge filed against me by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the ground of, inter alia, the charge being an abuse of process.
I filed an application before the court that this present charge is an abuse of process because a similar charge on the same subject matter, transactions and issues is ongoing at the Federal High Court Lagos Division between the same parties, in charge no FHC/l/565c/2015.
The last hearing of the charge at the Federal High Court was this week, May 22nd 2018.” Justice Mojisola Dada of the special offences court sitting in Lagos, on Thursday had declared the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma wanted over his failure to make an appearance in court for his arraignment for the fifth time.
Chukwuma, alias Innoson is standing trial in a matter between his company and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Justice Dada had declared the automobile boss wanted, granting the request of Mr Anselem Ozioko, the lead prosecuting counsel of the EFCC.