A judge of the special offences court in Ikeja has struck out the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) case against Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, for alleged fraud.
The judge struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce the industrialist in court to face trial.
Innoson Chukwuma and his company were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain by false pretence, stealing and forgery. They are alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos. Also to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them, via their clearing agents, the goods that were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorised by the bank to clear the goods.
But Innoson Chukwuma who has been declared wanted has not been in court since the suit was instituted against him and his company.
At the sitting, Innoson Chukwuma, through his counsel J.N Mbadugha, said, “We are bound by the court’s record. We heard of this charge through media publications and as a result decided to check and upon discovery that it is true we filed a preliminary objection. “This court is not an investigator or a prosecutor. This court cannot waste precious judicial time prosecuting a matter that is going nowhere.”