A federal high court in Lagos has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of chief executive officer of Innoson Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma. The presiding judge, Ayokunle Faji, issued the bench warrant today, citing Chukwuma’s failure to appear before him over an alleged two-point-four billion naira fraud case.
The court also ordered the arrest of two of Chukwuma’s employees. The Innoson CEO is being prosecuted alongside Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines, a shipping company and Anajekwu Sunny. The defendants had been charged to court for their alleged role in conspiring to unlawfully falsify shipping clearance documents.
They were accused of presenting the falsified shipping documents as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to obtain a loan of two-point-four billion naira. The federal government claimed that the defendants committed the offence at Apapa Wharf, Lagos, on October 10, 2013.