The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has promised has promised to arrest Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited’s chairman, Innocent Chukwuma, to ensure that he faces the fraud case before him.
Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the Spokesman of the EFCC, in a statement, made this vow shortly after Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, trashed the case of fraud it instituted against Chukwuma.
The case was struck out by the judge after the continued failure of the EFCC to produce the accused in court.
Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on four counts of conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and forgery.
The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts, and raw materials, the property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.
However, since the suit was instituted, first before Justice Mojisola Dada of the same court, the defendant has refused to appear in court to face his trial.
In a short ruling on Wednesday, Justice Williams held that it was the responsibility of the EFCC to produce him in court.
“This court is not an investigator or a prosecutor. This court cannot waste precious judicial time prosecuting a matter that is going nowhere.
“This is a criminal matter that can be instituted anytime the prosecution is ready. The court hereby strikes out the matter,” the Judge held.