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IVM chairman, Innocent Chukwuma drags EFCC to court, demand N200n

After studying the circumstances surrounding his embarrassing arrest at his Enugu home earlier last month, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, chief executive of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Nigeria Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The lawsuit was filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, counsel to Innocent Chukwuma.

Chukwuma is suing the EFCC on three wrongdoings including defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment.

Business Hilights recalls that Chief Chukwuma had been arrested by the capital market and insurance fraud unit of the EFCC on December 19, claiming that he resisted arrest and used forged documents to get tax waivers.

However, he maintained that at no time did he receive an invitation or was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an administrative bail granted by the EFCC, his spokesperson, Cornel Osigwe, said.

“Innoson is a public figure and a well-known industrialist of international repute. There is no how he would be invited by the EFCC and he would ignore or refuse to honour it,” Osigwe said in a statement.

He also said he did not have any recent issue with the EFCC.

“The last issue Innoson had with EFCC was an invitation extended to him in 2012 based on a complaint against him by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB). Innoson honoured this invitation and subsequently EFCC filed a charge against him at the Lagos High Court. The charge was subsequently struck out,” he said.

“However, Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd appealed against the order striking out on the basis that it ought to be dismissal and not striking out. The appeal- appeal no: CA/I/1330Cm/2017 is till date still pending at the Court of Appeal, Lagos State. Since then EFCC has never invited him.

“On this premise, Chief Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) and Innoson Nigeria Ltd are claiming against EFCC: N30 billion exemplary damages; N30 billion for assault and battery; N30 billion for false imprisonment; N40 billion for injury to feelings- mental pains and anxiety arising from malicious falsehood and or defamatory publications of the defendants against the plaintiffs; N50 billion for injury to plaintiff’s reputation arising from the said publications; N20 billion for general damages.

“An order that the published words complained of; be retracted by the defendants and such retraction be published in two national newspapers”.

A date for hearing is being awaited as at the time of filling the story.

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