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Innoson Motors boss absence in court stalls fraud trial

Innoson Motors boss absence in court stalls fraud trial
The arraignment of the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, before the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was stalled on Wednesday due to the defendant’s absence in court.
Chukwuma was to be arraigned alongside his company Innoson Motors Limited and Charles Chukwuma on charges bothering on fraud and stealing before Justice Mojisola Dada.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr. U. Onwukwe, told court that he had filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
“We have an application objecting to the jurisdiction of this court. The application was filed on January 15,” he told the court.
Onwuke complained to the court that the EFCC has not served his client but that they got the information on social media.
“My client has not been served, when this matter was filed.  But the EFCC went to social media and it was through social media that we became aware the matter was coming up. We have not been served at all.
“The EFCC arrested them and they know where they reside. They granted the second defendant (Innocent Chukwuma) bail on self recognisance and told him to come to EFCC office on February 20. But rather than wait till February, they went ahead to file these charges in December.
“Charles Chukwuma, who is the third defendant in the charge, was not even arrested by the EFCC,” Onwukwe added.
Counsel to the EFCC, Miss Zainab Ettu, in her response, claimed that the businessman and his co-defendants have been evading service.
“The most important thing is for us to proceed to trial. The defendants are on administrative bail and as diligent citizens of the country, when they were aware of the charges, we expect them to come to the EFCC office with their counsel and receive a copy of the charge,” she said.
Ettu asked the court for a short adjournment to enable trial to commence on the matter.


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