What Innoson's Boss Wants You To Know About His Arrest By EFCC
You will know the truth soon concerning the arrest of the Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Motors, Dr Innocent Chukwuma.
And that is because the arrested man wants Nigerians to actually know why he was arrested.
He had been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) but the man seems to have left Guaranty Trust Bank that was initially blamed for his arrest, and held on to the garment of the anti-graft agency or rather the government.
Many questions have been asked concerning the issues, with more coming up after the recent patronage by the government.
Mr Chukwuma wants the agency to tell Nigerians why he was arrested and he insists that it must be done in the open.
On Tuesday, the company released a statement saying the CEO has slammed a 200 billion Naira suit on the EFCC.
Why EFCC? Why not GTBank that had been blamed for making excess deductions from his company? Another individual will also ask.
In the suit, Dr. Chukwuma claimed the agency had engaged in malicious falsehood, defamation and unlawful imprisonment.
"We want Nigerians to know the truth,” the company said on its Twitter handle.
The 200-billion-suite was filed in the High Court of Enugu State.
It was filed by Prof Joseph N Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, the counsel to Innocent Chukwuma.
No date has been given for its commencement.
The counsel insisted that Innoson’s boss was arrested and detained unlawfully.
This suit is coming days after the EFCC charged Innocent Chukwuma, and his brother, Charles, for alleged theft and fraud.
The EFCC, which slammed four charges against the accused persons, said they allegedly forged documents which they used to clear goods including motorcycle spare parts, shipped from overseas belonging to Guaranty Trust Bank.
In a publication on its website also, the EFCC claimed that the arrest of Dr Chukwuma followed his refusal to honour invitation by the Commission, having earlier jumped an administrative bail granted him in a case being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission's Lagos office.
It further stated that "the industrialist used forged documents to secure tax waivers".
But this explanation did not go down well with Mr Chukwuma who has now gone to court for the judiciary to decide who is telling Nigerians the truth.
Cases lost by the EFCC had always been dismissed on grounds that it lacked tangible evidence to prosecute the individual.
Will that be the case of this issue or the EFCC will provide enough evidence to support its claims?
It is a big task at the feet of the law and Nigerians are waiting to see how fast this will be handled.