N2.4b loan: Court adjourns Innosson boss forgery case to Jan 29

Innoson Innocent Chukwuma

A federal high court in Lagos on Friday fixed January 29 to hear a motion seeking bench warrant against the Chief Executive Officer of Innosson Nig. Ltd. Innocent Chukwuma and others charged with forgery.

Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines ‘C’ and Anajekwu Sunny are the other defendants in the four-count charge brought before the court by Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

In the charge, the prosecution said that the accused falsified shipping documents which they deposited with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as collateral for a N2.4 billion loan to Innosson Nig. Ltd.

The shipping documents were also alleged to have been falsely presented as genuine and with intent to defraud in order to clear goods worth N2.4 billion.

The offences contravene the provisions of Sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004.

They are alleged to have conspired to commit the offences on October 10, 2013 at Apapa, Lagos.

At the last adjourned date on November 9, the court adjourned until Friday for the hearing.

The case could not proceed on Friday as scheduled following the absence of defence counsel Macarthy Mbadugha who is said to be on a medical trip abroad.

Justice Ayokunle Faji consequently adjourned the case until January 29.