The Federal Government Monday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for Innoson Nigeria Limited’s chairman Mr. Innocent Chukwuma and two of his employees.
They had been charged in a fraud case earlier than Justice Ayokunle Faji.
The Police charged them with an alleged N2.4billion transport fraud, however the Lawyer-Common of the Federation later took over the case.
Others named within the cost are Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Strains and Anajekwu Sunny.
The prosecution is praying the Courtroom to order the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his employees for failing to show as much as take their plea within the felony cost.
Yesterday, Chukwuma and his employees had been absent.
Prosecuting Counsel Mr. Julius Ajakaiye moved an software urging the courtroom to order the absent defendants’ arrest.
He stated the cost was served on them by means of a court-ordered February 8, 2016 substituted service following the AGF’s take-over of the case.
Ajakaiye stated since then, the third and fourth defendants had been coming to courtroom, whereas the primary, second and fifth defendants “have refused, failed and uncared for to seem in courtroom until date”.
Consequently, he stated the defendants had been but to take their plea and will due to this fact be compelled to seem.
He added that an April 12, 2016 amended cost couldn’t be served on the absent defendants.
Ajakaiye urged the courtroom to grant his software by ordering their arrest.
However defence counsel Chief George Uwechue (SAN) Prof. C. Mbadugha prayed the courtroom to dismiss the appliance.
They argued that the courtroom lacked jurisdiction to problem the warrant towards the defendants “as a result of they weren’t correctly earlier than the courtroom”.
They stated the appliance offends Order 6 of the Federal Excessive Courtroom Civil Process Guidelines, including that there was no correct service on their purchasers.
The prosecution accused the defendants of conspiring to unlawfully falsify transport clearance paperwork.
They had been accused of “uttering” (presenting) the allegedly falsified transport paperwork as collateral to Warranty Belief Financial institution Plc to allegedly receive a mortgage of N2.4billion.
The Federal Authorities claimed that the defendants dedicated the offence at Apapa wharf on October 10, 2013.
The alleged offence is opposite to sections 1(2) (c) and three(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Legal guidelines of the Federation 2004.
Justice Faji adjourned till July three for ruling.
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