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Alleged Forgery: AGF Urges Court to Issue Bench Warrant Against Innoson Boss, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma


The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Today urged a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria to issue a bench warrant against the Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Nigeria Limited, Mr Innocent Chukwuma and his company Innoson Nigeria Limited for their persistence failure to appear in court to face trial in an alleged forgery charge filed against them.

The AGF had filed a criminal charge against Mr. Chukwuma, his motor company and four other persons over alleged forgery.

Others to be tried for the alleged offence alongside Chukwuma are: Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk  Lines, and Annajekwu Sunny.

The accused persons are to face a four count-charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, documents alteration, which was alleged to have been used in obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaranty Trust bank.

The offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(2)(C) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap. M 17 Laws of the Federation, 2004

In a four-count amended criminal charge marked FHC/L/565/C/2015, AGF alleged that against the accused persons alleged to had between January, 2010 and April, 2011, at Apapa Wharf criminally conspired amongst themselves to wit, falsification of Shipping Documents which they deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines Lagos which was used  as collateral for the purpose of clearance of raw materials polyvinylchloride (PVC ) for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items.

During today's proceedings, the prosecutor, Mr. Kashmir O., urges the court to activate a provision of Section 352(1) paragraph A, of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), by issuing a bench warrant for the arrest of other defendants that have failed to appear before the court to defend themselves in a criminal matter preferred against them.

The defendants one, two, three and six have been in discontinuance and disrespect this court. Instead of answering the charge against them, they have been filing several frivolous applications before the Court.

"It is on this premise that we apply that bench warrant be issued against the accused persons who have refused to come to court as only the fourth accused"

However, in opposition to the prosecutor's application, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma and his company, G. N. Uwechue (SAN), informed the court of his clients' applications, he said one of the applications is urging the presiding judge to disqualify himself from presiding over the matter.

He also told the court that the charges against the accused persons had be withdrawn on February 22, 2016, saying that the prosecution cannot be asking for bench warrant over such charge.

Consequently, Uwechue urged the court to discontinuance the prosecution's application for bench warrant against his clients, as well as urging the judge to disqualify himself from presiding over the matter, and return the file back to the Court's Chief Judge for reassignment to another judge.

In his submission, counsel to the third accused person, Professor McCarty Mbadugha told the court that the business of the day was not the arraignment of his client, but for the mention of the matter.

He also urged the court to discountenance the prosecution's application of bench warrant against his client. He also said that a notice of preliminary objection dated  on May 27, 2016, have been filed against the charge.

While the counsel to fourth, fifth and sixth accused persons, Shola A., pleaded with court for more time to enable him reply to the applications filed by the counsel to the first and second accused persons.

He informed the court that the applications were just served on him at the courtroom today.

But responding to the submissions of counsels to the accused persons, the prosecutor, Mr. Kashmir, urged the court to discontinuance the opposition raised by the defence, and grant his application by issuing bench warrant against the first, second, third and sixth accused persons whom he said have persistently failed to come to court to answer the  charges against them.

However, the presiding judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, adjourned the matter till July 1, to enable all parties respond to all applications, before any further step will be taken.

In a four-count amended criminal charge marked FHC /L/565/C/2015 filed  before the court by Mr. Mohammed Saidu Diri a Director from  the Office of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice,

It was alleged that the accused persons same time and place did without lawful authority and with intent to defraud, utter the shipping clearance documents to the shipping Line Mitsui Osk Lines which was used as collateral for the purpose of obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), for the purpose of clearing raw materials Polyvinylchloride for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items

The accused persons were also alleged to have falsely and fraudulently represented as genuine, the uttered shipping documents and presented same bank to obtain a loan of N2.4 billion. Alleged Forgery: AGF Urges Court to Issue Bench Warrant Against Innoson Motors Boss, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Today urged a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria to issue a bench warrant against the Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Motors Limited, Mr Innocent Chukwuma and his company for their persistence failure to appear in court to face trial in the alleged forgery charge filed against them.

The AGF had filed a criminal charge against Mr. Chukwuma, his motor company and four other persons over alleged forgery.

Others to be tried for the alleged offence alongside Chukwuma are: Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk  Lines, and Annajekwu Sunny.

The accused persons are to face a four count-charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, documents alteration, which was alleged to have been used in obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaranty Trust bank.

The  offences alleged to have been committed by the accused persons are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(2)(C) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap. M 17 Laws of the Federation, 2004

In a four-count amended criminal charge marked FHC/L/565/C/2015, AGF alleged that against the accused persons alleged to had between January, 2010 and April, 2011, at Apapa Wharf criminally conspired amongst themselves to wit, falsification of Shipping Documents which they deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines Lagos which was used  as collateral for the purpose of clearance of raw materials polyvinylchloride (PVC ) for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items.

During today's  proceedings, the prosecutor, Mr. Kashmir O., urges the court to activate a provision of Section 352(1) paragraph A, of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), by issuing a bench warrant for the arrest of other defendants that have failed to appear before the court to defend themselves in a criminal matter preferred against them.

The defendants one, two, three and six have been in discontinuance and disrespect to this court. Instead of answering the charge against them, they have been filing several frivolous applications before the Court.

"It is on this premise that we apply that bench warrant be issued against the accused persons who have refused to come to court as only the fourth accused maxima chilies was present in court.

However, in opposition to the prosecutor's application, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma and his company, G. N. Uwechue (SAN), informed the court of his clients' applications, he said one of the applications is urging the presiding judge to disqualify himself from presiding over the matter.

He also told the court that the charges against his clients had be withdrawn on February 22, 2016, saying that the prosecution cannot be asking for bench warrant over such charge.

Consequently, Uwechue urged the court to discontinuance the prosecution's application for bench warrant against his clients, as well as urging the judge to disqualify himself from presiding over the matter, and return the file back to the Court's Chief Judge for reassignment to another judge.

In his submission, counsel to the third accused person, Professor McCarty Mbadugha told the court that the business of the day was not the arraignment of his client, but for the mention of the matter.

He also urged the court to discountenance the prosecution's application of bench warrant against his client. He also said that a notice of preliminary objection dated  on May 27, 2016, have been filed against the charge.

While the counsel to fourth, fifth and sixth accused persons, Shola A., pleaded with court for more time to enable him reply to the applications filed by the counsel to the first and second accused persons.

He informed the court that the applications were just served on him in the courtroom today.

But responding to the submissions of counsels to the accused persons, the prosecutor, Mr. Kashmir, urged the court to discontinuance the opposition raised by the defence, and grant his application by issuing bench warrant against the first, second, third and sixth accused persons whom he said have persistently failed to come to court to answer the  charges against them.

However, the presiding judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, adjourned till July1 to enable counsel to respond to all pending applications.

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