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EFCC Sues Innoson Boss Over Alleged Stealing

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has slammed a four-count charge of stealing and forgery on the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Innoson Nigeria Ltd., Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, and two others at a Lagos High Court in Ikeja.
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.
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.
The commission, in a statement by its Head of Media and publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the businessman’s arrest was sequel to allegations bordering on N1, 478,366, 859.66 fraud and forgery.
“Chief Chukwuma and his brother, Charles Chukwuma (who is still at large), are being investigated by the Insurance and Capital Market Fraud Section of the commission’s office in Lagos over matters bordering on N1,478,366,859.66 fraud and forgery. The industrialist, among other infractions, allegedly used forged documents to secure tax waivers,” the EFCC alleged.

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