Justice Ayokunle Faju of a Federal High Court in Lagos Tuesday adjourned the case against Innocent Chukwuma, CEO of Innoson Nig. Ltd, till May 22. The business magnate was alleged to have falsified shipping document, which they deposited with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. as collateral for the sum of N2.4 billion to clear goods.
The loan facility was alleged to have been granted Innosson Nig. Ltd.
The Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had filed a four-count of forgery against the defendant and four others.
The defendants were Innosson Nig. Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma, Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines ‘C’ and Sunny Anajekwu.
They allegedly conspired and committed the offence on October 10, 2013 at Apapa Wharf. According to the charge, the offence contravened the provisions of sections 1(2) (c), and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation 2004.
When the case was called up, one of the accused, Maximian Chukwura was present in court.
The court then informed parties of a letter from counsel representing the third to sixth accused, Macharty Ubadugha, requesting for an adjournment on the grounds that he was before an Appellate Court.
In his response, the prosecutor, Julius Ajakaye, informed the court that he was only served with a notice of pendency of an application for stay of proceedings in the suit.
He told the court that he had not been served with the notice of appeal nor the motion for stay of proceedings.
In his reaction, Counsel to Innosson, George Uwechue (SAN), informed the court that he would ensure the service of the notice of appeal as well as the motion on the prosecution.