Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, on Wednesday failed to make an appearance at an Ikeja High Court for his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges of fraud and stealing. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chukwuma was to be arraigned alongside his company, Innoson Motors Limited, and Charles Chukwuma. The defendants, however, failed to appear for their scheduled arraignment to the consternation of the anti-graft agency. Mr U. Onwukwe, the counsel to the defendants told the court that he had filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
“We have an application objecting to the jurisdiction of this court and it was filed on Jan. 15. “My client has not been served, when this matter was filed, the EFCC went to social media, and it was through social media that we became aware and we have not been served. “The EFCC arrested them and they know where they reside, they granted the second defendant (Innocent Chukwuma) bail on self recognition. He said he was told to come to EFCC office on Feb. 20, and in December, they went ahead to file these charges. “Charles Chukwuma, who is the third defendant in the charge, was not even arrested by the EFCC,” Onwukwe said.
Interjecting, counsel to the EFCC, Miss Zainab Ettu, claimed that the automobile businessman and his co-defendants were evading service. “The most important thing is for us to proceed to trial; the defendants are on administrative bail. “As diligent citizens of the country, when they were aware of the charges they are to come to the EFCC office with their counsel and receive a copy of the charge. “In order to frustrate the trial, they did not come to court but rather filed a frivolous application; they have been evading service.