Chidi Samuel || Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman of Innosson motors on Sunday night blasted Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over their decision to file a four-count charge of fraud against him and his brother, Charles.
The embattled Enugu based businessman and his younger brother is accused of obtaining containers of motorcycles spare parts by false pretence between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.
The goods, said to be property of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, were allegedly obtained from Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited in Apapa.
The anti-graft agency said the duo “with intent to defraud induced the staff of Mitsui O.S.K and Maersk Line Limited to deliver”, to them through their clearing agents, the motorcycle spare parts, moulds of spare parts and steel structures and raw materials called polyvinlchlorid, imported from China.
The accused were said to have falsely pretended that they were authorised by GTB to clear the goods and take delivery of them.
The four-count included attempt to obtain under false pretense, obtaining under false pretense, theft, and forgery of shipping and financial documents.
All the alleged offences contravene several extant criminal statutes in Lagos State and are punishable there, court filing shows.
The EFCC listed 10 witnesses who would support its case before the court.
But in a response to the development, the spokesman for Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe said the EFCC has become so incompetent that it now abuses court processes at will.
Osigwe said on Sunday night, “This is clearly an abuse of court process, it seems like the EFCC does not have intelligent officers anymore.”
According to him, the EFCC had previously investigated the complaints which GTbank brought against Innoson in 2012.
“During the investigation, he was invited and he honoured the invitation. After the investigation, EFCC filed a charge against him at Lagos State High Court.
“The charge was subsequently struck out.
“However Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd. appealed against the order striking out the case on the basis that it ought to be dismissal in its entirety so that it will never be filed again.
“The appeal number is CA/l/1330CM/2017 and is, till date, still pending at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division.
“Since then, EFCC never invited him,” Mr. Osigwe said.
Innoson was arrested last Thursday by the anti-graft agency but was released on bail, however, shortly after his release, it issued a statement saying that the chief executive officer of Innoson group was being investigated for fraud.