Forgery: Court Dismisses Innoson’s Motors Boss’ Stay Of Proceedings Application

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Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today, fixed December 7, for hearing of a motion seeking the issuance of bench warrant against Mr. Innocent Chukwuma founder of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited and four others for their persistence refusal to appear in court for  their arraignment in an alleged forgery case.

The court presided over by Justice Ayotunde Faji, fixed the date, after dismissing series of applications filed by Chukwuma, which have been stalling hearing of the motion  for his arraignment which was filed since October 16, 2017.

Others affected in the charge are: Charles Chukwu Mitsui Osk  Lines and Annajekwu Sunny, who have also refused to appear before the court to face the forgery allegations

Justice Faji dismissed Innoson boss applications to stay proceedings in a criminal charge filed against all the Defendants, following a decision of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, which had refused to grant an appeal seeking to stay further proceedings in criminal charge pending at the Federal High Court against the defendants in suit number CA/L/249c/18, filed by the defendants’ lawyers, Chief G. N. Uwechue (SAN) and Mr. McCarthy Mbadugha against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and two others.

Justice Faji, had on January 11, 2018, ordered a stay of proceedings, in the criminal charge filed by the IGP against the defendants pending the outcome of the appeal filed by Innoson Boss and others.

However, Following the refusal of the Court of Appeal to concede to the defendants’ request, the Prosecutor,  Mr. Julius Ajakaiye, a director in the Federal Ministry of Justice, asked the court for a date for hearing of the motion.

However, due to the agreement between both parties, the matter was adjourned till December 7, for hearing of the motion seeking the defendants’ arrest.

The AGF had filed a criminal charge against Mr. Chukwuma and four other persons over alleged forgery.

The accused persons are to face a four count-charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, documents alteration, which was alleged to have been used in obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaranty Trust bank.

The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(2)(C) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap. M 17 Laws of the Federation, 2004

In a four-count amended criminal charge marked FHC/L/565/C/2015, the AGF alleged that the accused persons had between January, 2010 and April, 2011, at Apapa Wharf criminally conspired amongst themselves to wit, falsification of shipping documents which they deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines Lagos which was used as collateral for the purpose of clearance of raw materials polyvinylchloride (PVC ) for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items.

The accused persons were alleged to have falsely and fraudulently represented as genuine, the altered shipping documents and presented same to the bank to obtain a loan of N2.4 billion

The accused persons are to face a four count-charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, documents alteration, which was alleged to have been used in obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaranty Trust bank.

The offences was said to have been committed by the accused persons are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(2)(C) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap. M 17 Laws of the Federation.

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