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2 Jan 2018

Innoson CEO files N200bn suit against EFCC for ‘defamation, falsehood’

Innocent Chukwuma, CEO of Innoson Nigeria Limited, has filed a N200 billion lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to a statement, the lawsuit has been filed at the Enugu high court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, the counsel to Innocent Chukwuma.

Chukwuma is suing the EFCC for defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment.The Innoson boss had beenarrested 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.

Chukwuma maintained that at no time did Innocent Chukwuma receive an invitation or was invited by the EFCC or was there any time he jumped an administrative bail grantedby 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 the statement.He also said he did not have any recent issue with the EFCC.

Mr. Musa said the economy was in the hands of the private sector, hence the impoverishment of the masses, and suggested the restructuring of the economy to ensure that the government plays a greater role.“The economy should be restructured.

What we are operating now in which the economy is in private hands cannot help us.“We should restructure the economy so that government can play a greater role for sustainable development,” he said.The former governor agreed that saboteurs were behind the current fuel crisis and urged the government to address the situation.

He also called on Mr. Buhari to form a government of national unity in the New Year for all-inclusiveness, adding that Nigeria would be better in the New Year if people subordinate personal interests to public interests.

“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, including the Punch Newspapers.”

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