Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Court beats suit against Innoson Motors

Judge Olusola Williams of an Ikeja High Court on Wednesday blamed the EFCC fraud case against Innoson Motors and Innoson Motors CEO Innocent Chukwuma over the prosecutor's inability to prosecute him.

In their ruling, Justice Williams said, "the prosecution is aware that it is the duty to bring a defendant to justice, and this court is not inclined to continue to waste the tax on Lagos taxpayers.

This court can not waste valuable time mentioning a case that leads nowhere. "It's a criminal matter that can be initiated at any time. I recommend that the prosecution get together before going to court. I am inclined to delete this case, and so do I. "

Innocent Chukwuma and his Innoson company were brought to court for the first time on 17 January in front of a Justice Mojisola Dada, and had not appeared in court since that time until the case of Justice Mojisola Dada was transferred to the Innoson Counsel in June a petition in February against her prompted her to disqualify herself from the case, and it was transferred to the then judge of the day, Ikeja Justice Olushola Williams during the break in July.

Mr. Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd., were convicted of conspiring to obtain property by pretending to be false, stealing, and forgery in a transaction with the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB). According to the indictment, the defendants committed the offenses between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos. The EFCC claimed that the accused plotted with the intent to cheat, in order to obtain by false pretenses container of motorcycle, spare parts and raw materials, property of GTB of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, Apapa, Lagos.

They allegedly cheated employees of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line of delivering the goods imported from China on behalf of GTB to their clients through their clearing agents, falsely claiming that they had been authorized by the bank to clear the goods ,

The prosecution alleged that the defendants falsified a bill of lading with 598286020 Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mutsui O.S.K Lines by knowingly making a false GTB stamp and a signature of the bank staff to facilitate the fraud. The alleged counterfeiting served to forge or trade the counterfeit documents as real to the detriment of a person in Lagos or elsewhere. The violations violated §§ 1 (1) (B), 1 (3) and 8 (A) of the Fraud Increase Act and other related offenses 2016 and §§ 309 (9), 388, 465 and 467 (1 ) (j) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State 2003.

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