A Federal High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos today issued a bench arrest warrant against Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman of Nigeria’s indigenous car assemblage company, Innoson Motors.

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja High Court issued this order following Mr. Chukwuma’s failure to show up today for his arraignment on the criminal case of forgery brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in relation to his mix-up with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

In the case, the EFCC is accusing Innoson of obtaining containers of motorcycles spare parts by false pretences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos, ‘with intent to defraud’.

The goods, said to be property of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, were allegedly obtained from Mitsui O.S.K Lines Limited in Apapa.

Justice Dada also ordered that Mr. Chukwuma be arrested and kept in custody a day before the adjourned date for his arraignment. She adjourned the case till March 14, 2018.

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