The Federal Authorities has known as on the Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for Innoson Nigeria Limited’s chairman, Innocent Chukwuma and two of his staff, Naija News Live reports.
This news portal understands that the Federal Authorities made the decision on Monday after they had been charged in a fraud case before Justice Ayokunle Faji.
The Police had charged them with a reported N2.4billion delivery fraud, but the Attorney-General of the Federation later took over the case.
Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Strains and Anajekwu Sunny are the opposite persons levelled with the charge.
The prosecution is praying the court to order for the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his employees over failure to show up and take their plea in the legal charge.
Additionally, the Prosecuting Counsel, Julius Ajakaiye moved an application calling on the court docket to order the arrest of the absent defendants.
Based on him, the charge was served on them through a court-ordered February 8, 2016, substituted service following the AGF’s take-over of the case.
Ajakaiye noted, nonetheless, that since then, the third and fourth defendants had been coming to court docket, whereas the first, second and fifth defendants “have refused, failed and neglected to appear in court docket until date.”
Consequently, he mentioned the defendants were yet to take their plea and will, therefore, be compelled to appear.
He added that an April 12, 2016, amended charge couldn’t be served on the absent defendants.
Ajakaiye known as on the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest.
However, the defence counsel Chief George Uwechue (SAN), Mbadugha prayed the court to dismiss the application.
They noted that the court lacked jurisdiction to subject the warrant against the defendants “because they were not correctly before the court”.
They mentioned the application offends Order 6 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, saying that there was no correct service on their clients.
The prosecution accused the defendants of conspiring to unlawfully falsify transport clearance documents.
They had been accused of “uttering” (presenting) the allegedly falsifying shipping paperwork as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to get a mortgage of N2.4billion.
The Federal Authorities claimed that the defendants committed the offence at Apapa wharf on October 10, 2013.
The alleged offence is contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and three(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Legal guidelines of the Federation 2004.
Justice Faji adjourned till July 3 for the ruling.