Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma, has filed a motion on notice for stay of execution of the order declaring him wanted for alleged forgery by the Lagos High Court.
Chukwuma insisted that the notice for stay of execution filed by his legal counsel, Prof J. N. Mbadugha Esq, should subsist pending the determination of his appeal against the order.
The Innoson owner had in the motion on notice prayed the court for an order of the court staying the execution of the order made on May 24, 2018 declaring the second defendant (Chukwuma) wanted pending the determination of the defendantsâ€™ appeal against same.
Justice Mojisola Dada had declared Chukwuma wanted for failing to appear before the court on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
Chukwuma has expressly stated that he is not afraid of arraignment but must be arraigned through due process of the law.
In a statement signed by Cornel Osigwe, Head, Corporate Communications
Innoson Group, Chukwuma was said to have failed to appear before the court because he had challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos State High Court to hear the forgery charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Court of Appeal Lagos Division on ground of, inter alia, the charge is an abuse of process.
“A similar charge on the same subject matter, transactions and issues is ongoing at the Federal High Court Lagos Division between the same parties, in charge No: FHC/l/565c/2015. The last hearing of the charge at the Federal High Court was this month, May 22nd 2018,” the statement noted.