Innoson Charged With N2.4bn Shipping Fraud By IGP

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Mr Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, has filed four counts of alleged N2.4bn shipping fraud against Innoson Nigeria Limited before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The charge filed had five other people as defendants. They are Innocent Chukwuma, Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.

The police accused them of conspiring among themselves to fake shipping clearance documents. They were accused of altering the allegedly falsified shipping documents by tendering same as collateral to Guaranty Trust Bank to allegedly obtain a loan of N2.4bn.

The offence according to police was comitted on October 10, 2013 at the Apapa wharf.

The prosecutor for the case,  U.S. Nwodo, said the offences are contrary to sections 1(2) (c) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.

When the matter came up on Monday before Justice Saidu, the prosecuting counsel for the police, Mr. J.I. Ajakaiye, informed the court that he had served the charge sheet on all the defendants through their counsel. He said he had served Innoson Nigeria Limited and Chukwuma since October 21, while the 3rd to 6th defendants were only served on Monday morning through their counsel.

Counsel for Innoson Nigeria Limited, Chief George Uwechue (SAN), confirmed he and his client had received the charge sheet but he needed time to study it.

The prosecutor did not oppose the defence application for an adjournment. Justice Saidu adjourned further proceedings in the case till November 25, 2016.‎

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