The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to arrest the Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma to face fraud charges in court.
The Commission made the vow on Wednesday after Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, struck out the case of fraud it instituted against Chukwuma.
The Judge struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce Chukwuma in court to face trial.
Chuwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of alleged conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretence, stealing and forgery.
The defendants allegedly committed the offences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.
The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.
They were also alleged to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them, via their clearing agents, the goods that were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorized by the bank to clear the goods.
The defendants were said to have forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mussui O.S.K. Line by knowingly putting a false GTB stamp and signature of the bank staff.
The alleged fraud was in order that the forged documents be used or acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of any person within Lagos or elsewhere.
However, since the suit was instituted, first before Justice Mojisola Dada of the same court, is said to have refused to appear in court to face trial.
It will be recalled that Justice Dada had, on June 22, 2018, withdrawn from presiding over the matter on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
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