A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos  has further  adjourned till 24  October hearing in the criminal charges  of forgery filed against  Lagos businessman, Innocent Chukwuma,his company,Innoson Nigeria Limited and four others
Innocent Chukwuma

The adjournment was necessitated by the absence of the Director of Public  Prosecution (DPP) from  the Office of the  Attorney-General of  Federation. ‎

While seeking for adjournment,  counsel from the DPP's office, Mrs Kehinde Bode Ayeni,  told the court that the  DPP, who was unavoidably absent, will like to come to court to personally handle the matter

However, Barrister G.N.Uwueche (SAN) and Professor Macharty Mbadugha, leading six other lawyers,  told the court that there is. an appeal pending against the ruling of the court authorising the Attorney-General of the Federation to prosecute the accused persons and some other applications pending before the court to be heard.

At the last adjourned day, the court was urged to issue a bench warrant against Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Nigeria Limited, for their persistent failure to appear in court to face trial for the charges filed against them.

In a four-count amended  criminal charge(No.FHC/L/566C/2015), filed before the court by Mohammed Saidu Diri from the DPP office, it was alleged that Innoson Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma, Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui OSK Lines and Annajeku Sunny between  January 2010 and April 2011 at the Apapa Wharf, criminally conspired  to  falsify  shipping documents. These were deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines and  were used as collateral for the purpose of clearance of raw material, polyvinylchloride (PVC ),  for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items.

It was also alleged that all the accused persons altered the documents deposited Mitsui OSK Lines, which were as collateral for a loan of N2.4billiion from a commercial bank.‎

The alleged offences  are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6), and1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 Law of the Federation. Others to be tried alongside the Innoson boss and his company are Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk  Lines, and Annajekwu Sunny.

Source; http://saharareporters.com/2016/07/03/forgery-court-adjourns-case-against-innoson-boss-innocent-chukwuma
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