Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman of Innoson motors has denied claims by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he did not honour an invitation extended to him which is what led to his arrest.
Chukwuma says that no invitation was given to him and has not yet been told the purpose of his arrest. Below is a press statement obtained by PoliticsNGR signed by the Head of Corporate communications, Innoson, Mr Cornel Osigwe;
“Our attention has been drawn on a tweet by EFCC on its official Twitter handle claiming that the Gestapo kind of arrest of Dr Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) today at his Enugu residence was because he didnt honour an invitation from the commission sent to him.
This claim by the commission is not factual and it tends to mislead the public and bring the personality and character of Dr Innocent Chukwuma to disrepute. Hence we want to state the true position so as to inform the general public the truth about this matter.
EFCC never at any time invited Dr Innocent Chukwuma either in writing or through any other means. We are aware that EFCC investigated GTB complaint against Innoson in 2012.
During the investigation, he was invited and he honoured the invitation. After the investigation, EFCC filed a charge against him at Lagos State High Court. The charge was subsequently struck out. However, Dr Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd appealed against the order striking out the case on the basis that it ought to be dismissed and not struck out. The appeal – appeal no. Ca/l/1330cm/2017 Is till date still pending at the Court of Appeal Lagos division? Till date, EFCC never invited Dr Innocent Chukwuma again.
On this recent arrest, Dr Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) has not been told officially the purpose of his arrest and he demands to know why.”