The trial of Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, the chief executive officer of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, and four others over alleged forgery before a Lagos Federal High Court, has been adjourned till June 23.
Others to be tried by the office of attorney-general of the federation alongside the Innoson Motors boss before Justice Saliu Saidu’s are: Charles Chukwu, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines, and Annajekwu Sunny.
The adjournment was at the instance of the court which did not seat today.
Bukola Saraki and Mr. Innocent Chukwuma
The presiding judge, Justice Saidu was said to be on official assignment outside Lagos jurisdiction.
However, the new trial date both agreed upon by the prosecutor, Kehinde Bode-Ayeni, and lawyer to the first, second, third and sixth accused persons, G. N. Uwechue (SAN) and Olushola A., lawyer to the fourth and fifth accused.
The accused persons are to face a four count-charge bordering on forgery, documents falsification, documents alteration, which they used in obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion from a new generation bank.
The alleged offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 3(6),1(2)(C) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap. M 17 Laws of the Federation, 2004
In a four-count amended criminal charge marked FHC /L/565/C/2015 filed before the court by Mr. Mohammed Saidu Diri a director in the office of public prosecutions at the Federal Ministry of Justice, it was alleged that, all the accused persons had between January, 2010 and April, 2011, at Apapa Wharf criminally conspired amongst themselves to wit, falsification of shipping documents which they deposited with Mitsui Osk Lines Lagos which was used as collateral for the purpose of clearance of raw materials polyvinylchloride (PVC ) for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items.
DPP further alleged that the accused persons “did without lawful authority and with intent to defraud, alter the shipping clearance documents to the shipping Line Mitsui Osk Lines which was used as collateral for the purpose of obtaining a loan of N2.4 billion at a new generation bank for the purpose of clearing raw materials Polyvinylchloride for the production of roof ceiling and other imported items”
The accused persons were also alleged to have falsely and fraudulently represented as genuine, the uttered shipping documents and presented same to the new generation bank to obtain a loan of N2.4 billion.