By Christopher Isiguzo in Enuguâ€¨
The Chairman/Managing Director of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM), Chief Innocent Chukwuma, has filed a motion on notice for stay of the 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, 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 honourable court staying the execution of the order made on May 24, 2018 declaring the 2nd defendant (Chukwuma) wanted pending the determination of the defendantsâ€™ appeal against same.
It would be recalled that Justice Mojisola Dada declared Chukwuma wanted for failing to appear before the court on May 24, 2018.
Chukwuma had expressly stated that he was not afraid of arraignment but must be arraigned through due process of the law.
In a statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications
Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe,
the embattled auto dealer 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 charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Court of Appeal Lagos Division on the grounds that the charges is an abuse of process.
â€œA similar charge on the same subject matter, transactions and issues is ongoing at the Federal High Court in Lagos 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 22, 2018,â€ the statement which was made available to THISDAY in Enugu noted.