Breaking! EFCC Releases Innoson Boss, Speaks On N1.4bn Fraud And Forgery

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Breaking! EFCC Releases Innoson Boss, Speaks On N1.4bn Fraud And Forgery


The owner of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Dr Innocent Chukwuma was moments ago released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

His release has been confirmed by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwajuren. Mr Innocent was arrested on Tuesday morning after a short protest by supposed workers of the Innoson plant in Enugu. He was immediately transported to Lagos where he was taken for questioning.

In statement released by the EFCC and obtained by BlackBox Nigeria, the Industrialist was arrested for his involvement in a fraud and forgery case to the tune of N1.4bn. His brother, Charles Chukwuma was also listed but currently at large.

The statement read in part, “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released Nnewi, Anambra-State born Industrialist, Chief Innocent Chukwuma on bail.

Mr Uwajuren also added that some suspected thugs gave the operatives tough time when it got to the residence of Dr Innocent. See full statement below…

The business man who runs a local auto assembly plant was arrested on Tuesday December 19, 2017 at his Enugu residence, following his refusal to respond to invitations by the Commission, after initially being granted administrative bail by the Commission, while his surety could also not be found.

Unfortunately, the industrialist resisted arrest and stirred controversy by bringing six truck-loads of thugs to block the entrance to his Plot W1, Industrial Layout, Abakaliki Road, Emeni, Enugu, home.

This was after he initially misled the Police Command by informing them that his home had been invaded by armed robbers and kidnappers despite the fact that operatives of the Commission duly identified themselves to policemen guarding his home.

His unruly thugs encircled and manhandled operatives of the Commission who had gone to effect the arrest. Consequently, a distress call was sent to the Commission’s Enugu Office for reinforcement.

In all of this, the Commission’s operatives acted with decorum and civility. No one was manhandled or assaulted by the EFCC team, and not a single shot was fired, despite the provocation.

Chief Chukwuma and his brother, Charles Chukwuma (who is still at large), are being investigated by the Insurance and Capital Market Fraud Section of the Commission’s office in Lagos over matters bordering on N1, 478, 366, 859.66 fraud and forgery.The industrialist, among other infractions, allegedly used forged documents to secure tax waivers.

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