The Federal Government, on Monday urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to
difficulty a bench warrant towards Innoson Nigeria Limited’s chairman Mr.
Innocent Chukwuma and a few of his workers.
They had been charged in a fraud case earlier than Justice Ayokunle Faji. The Police
had earlier charged them with an alleged N2.4billion delivery fraud, however
the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar
Malami (SAN), later took over the case. Others named within the cost are
Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.
The prosecution is praying the court to order the arrest of Innoson Motors
Chairman and his workers for failing to flip up to take their plea within the
felony cost. On Monday, Chukwuma and his workers had been absent in court.
Prosecuting Counsel Mr. Julius Ajakaiye moved an utility urging the
court to order the absent defendants’ arrested. He stated the cost was
served on them by way of a court-ordered February 8, 2016 substituted service
following the AGF’s take-over of the case.
Consequently, he stated the defendants had been but to take their plea and may
due to this fact be compelled to seem. He added that an April 12, 2016 amended
cost couldn’t be served on the absent defendants.
Ajakaiye urged the court to grant his utility by ordering their arrest.
But defence counsel Chief George Uwechue (SAN) and Prof. C. Mbadugha prayed
the court to dismiss the applying.
They argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to difficulty the warrant towards
the defendants “because they were not properly summoned before the court”.
They stated the applying offends Order 6 of the Federal High Court Civil
Procedure Rules, including that there was no correct service on their shoppers.
Justice Faji adjourned till July three for ruling