Innoson Slams N200bn Suit On EFCC | The Precision


 •Innoson Motors CEO Innocent Chukwuma
•Innoson Motors CEO Innocent Chukwuma

Innocent Chukwuma, CEO, Innoson Motors Nigeria
Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The lawsuit was filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma.
Chukwuma is suing the EFCC for defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment.
The Innoson boss had been arrested by the capital market and
insurance fraud unit  of the EFCC on December 19, claiming that he
resisted arrest and used forged documents to get tax waivers.
Chukwuma maintained that at no time did he receive an invitation or
was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an
administrative bail granted by the EFCC, his spokesperson, Cornel
Osigwe, said.
“Innoson is a public figure and a well-known industrialist of
international repute. There is no how he would be invited by the EFCC
and he would ignore or refuse to honour it,” Osigwe said in a statement.
He also said he did not have any recent issue with the EFCC.
“The last issue Innoson had with EFCC was an invitation extended to
him in 2012 based on a complaint against him by Guaranty Trust Bank
Innoson honoured this invitation and subsequently EFCC filed a
charge against him at the Lagos High Court. The charge was subsequently
struck out,” he said.
“However, Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd appealed against
the order striking out on the basis that it ought to be dismissal and
not striking out. The appeal- appeal no: CA/I/1330Cm/2017 is till date
still pending at the Court of Appeal, Lagos State. Since then EFCC has
never invited him.
“On this premise, Chief Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) and Innoson Nigeria
Ltd are claiming against EFCC: N30 billion exemplary damages; N30
billion for assault and battery; N30 billion for false imprisonment; N40
billion for injury to feelings- mental pains and anxiety arising from
malicious falsehood and or defamatory publications of the defendants
against the plaintiffs; N50 billion for injury to plaintiff’s reputation
arising from the said publications; N20 billion for general damages.
“An order that the published words complained of; be retracted by the
defendants and such retraction be published in two national
newspapers”. (Independent)

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