Court asks AGF to prosecute Innoson’s MD, others

ChukwumaJustice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court, La­gos, has asked the Attor­ney-General of the Federa­tion (AGF) and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to prosecute a Lagos-based business mogul, Mr. In­nocent Chukwuma, his com­pany, Innoson Nigeria Limited, and four others over alleged forgery.
In his ruling on Wednes­day, Justice Saidu predicated the court’s decision on an ap­plication filed before the court by the Ministry of Justice that the AGF has taken over the prosecution of the accused persons.
However, the prosecutor from the office of the Inspec­tor-General of Police (IGP) had opposed the application filed by the Justice Ministry.
After listening to the ar­guments of the counsel to the two parties, the court decid­ed that the AGF should begin the prosecution of the accused persons.
Consequently, the AGF filed an amended four-count criminal charge against the accused persons. Those to be arraigned alongside the ac­cused businessman are Charles Chukwu, Maximilian Chuk­wura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Annajekwu Sunny.
In the amended charge (FHC/L/565/C/2015) filed be­fore the court by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation, Mr. Moham­med Diri, the accused were said to have between January 2010 and April 2011, at the Apapa Wharf, criminally con­spired to falsify shipping doc­uments which they deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines.
The documents were used as collaterals for the purpose of clearance of polyvinylchloride (PVC) used in the production of ceilings and other import­ed items.
Diri alleged that the ac­cused persons harboured an intention to defraud Mit­sui Osk Lines via the falsified documents, which were used as collaterals to obtain a loan of N2.4 billion from Guaran­ty Trust Bank Plc.
The loan was for the pur­pose of clearing the imported items.
All the alleged offences are contrary to and punishable un­der Sections 3(6), 1 (2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 Laws of the Fed­eration, 2004.
The case has been ad­journed till May 31 for hearing.
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