Justice Mojisola Dada has issued a bench warrant of arrest against the Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma.

This is due to his failure to appear before the court again for arraignment over the criminal matter pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in his face off with the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

Justice Dada ordered that Chukwuma should be arrested an kept in custody a day before the next adjourn date, March 14, 2018.

Chukwuma had previously failed to appear in court when the matter first came up on January 17.

The EFCC had  slammed a four-count charge of stealing and forgery on Chukwuma, and two others at the court.

Those joined, as co-defendants in the suit by the EFCC, are Innoson Nigeria Ltd and one Charles Chukwuma.

In one of the counts, Chukwuma and co-accused were alleged to have fraudulently stolen containers of motorcycle spare parts, moulds of plastic parts, steel structures and raw materials called Polyvinyl chloride, property of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), being the consignee of the said goods.

They were also said to have conspired among themselves to obtain by false pretence, containers of motorcycle spare parts and raw materials from Mitsui O. S. K. Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos, property of GTB.

The trio were also alleged to have, between 2009 and July 2011, fraudulently induced the staff of Mitsui O. S. K. Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos and Maersk Line Limited to deliver containers of motorcycle spare parts, moulds of plastic parts, steel structures and raw materials, property of GTB, imported into Nigeria from China through the bank under false pretence that they were authorized to clear the goods and take delivery of same.

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In the last count, Chukwuma and his co-accused were alleged to have, sometimes in 2009 and July 2011, with intent to defraud and obtain the said goods by false pretence, forged a bill of lading No. 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and No. Molu 11007950841 of Mitsui O. S. K. Lines Limited, by knowingly putting a false stamp signature of a staff of GTB on it.

The offences were said to be contrary to Section 8(a) 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act, 2006 and Section 388 and 309(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap C17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.

The anti-graft agency had already lined up a list of 10 witnesses to prove its case against the three accused persons.
These include: Mr. Dabi Gideon Dahgod, a forensic document examination officer; representatives of GTB; representatives of Mitsui O. S. K. Lines Limited and representatives of Maersk Line Limited.

Some operatives of the EFCC had, on December 19, arrested the Innoson boss at his Enugu residence over alleged refusal to honour the commission’s invitation. He was later released on administrative bail by the commission.

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