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Nigerian Govt Asks Court To Order Arrest Of Innoson Motors Boss

Osagbemi Anthony

The Nigerian Government has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited, along with two of his employees.

The Chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited and members of his staff are standing trial over allegation of shipping fraud.

They were accused of conspiracy to falsify shipping clearance documents, already presented as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank PLC to obtain a loan of N2.4billion, an offence contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

The prosecution asked the Court to issue a bench warrant for their arrest because of the refusal of the defendants to be present for the court proceeding.

At the sitting on Monday, during which Chukwuma and his staff were absent, Julius Ajakaiye, counsel to the prosecution, urged the court to order their arrest, since they had been served the summons through substitution, according to a court order, on February 8, 2016.

The counsel to the defendants urged the court to dismiss the application for the issuance of a bench warrant, on the basis that it was outside the court’s jurisdiction to do so.

The matter was adjourned, as the presiding stated that the court will rule on the matter on the 3rd of July.

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