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Court Adjourns Case Against Innoson’ Motors To May 22

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Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned hearing in the fraud case brought against the chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma and five others by the police to May 22.

The Police had charged Chukwuma and others with an alleged N2.4 billion shipping fraud. The case is numbered FHC/L/565c/16.

The shipping document was alleged to have been falsely presented to Guaranty Trust Bank as genuine and with intent to defraud, in order to clear goods worth N2.4 billion.

The police prosecutor, who signed the charge sheet, U.S. Nwodo, said the offences are contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

Others named in the charge are: Innoson Nigeria Limited, Innoson Motors, Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

Trial is yet to begin in the case since it was filed, due to the absence of the accused persons in court and also because of the various interim applications they filed, some of which are on appeal.

When the case came up Tuesday, only one of the defendants, Maximian Chukwura was present in court.

The judge then informed parties of a letter from counsel representing the third to sixth accused, Macharty Ubadugha, requesting for an adjournment on the grounds that he was before an Appellate Court.

Following a request by the prosecutor, Julius Ajakaye, that he had not been served with the notice of appeal nor the motion for stay of proceedings, Counsel to Innosson Nig. Ltd, Mr. George Uwechue (SAN), informed the court that he would ensure the service of the notice of appeal as well as the motion on the prosecution.

Justice Faji consequently, adjourned the case until May 22, for determination of the pending motion on notice.

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