Thursday, 21 December 2017

EFCC Releases Innoson Boss, Innocent Chukwuma

EFCC confirmed in a statement that the Nnewi-born Industrialist was released on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested at his Enugu residence.
Spokesman for the anti-graft agency, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, who signed the statement, said Chukwuma was arrest on Tuesday following his refusal to respond to invitations by the Commission.
He said the businessman who runs a local auto assembly plant was initially granted administrative bail by the Commission while his surety could also not be found.
The statement read in part: “Unfortunately the industrialist resisted arrest and stirred controversy by bringing six truck-loads of thugs to block the entrance to his Plot W1, Industrial Layout, Abakaliki Road, Emeni, Enugu, home.
This was after he initially misled the Police Command by informing them that his home had been invaded by armed robbers and kidnappers despite the fact that operatives of the Commission duly identified themselves to policemen guarding his home.
“His unruly thugs encircled and manhandled operatives of the Commission who had gone to effect the arrest. Consequently, a distress call was sent to the Commission’s Enugu Office for reinforcement. In all of this, the Commission’s operatives acted with decorum and civility. No one was manhandled or assaulted by the EFCC team, and not a single shot was fired, despite the provocation.”

Uwujaren said the Innoson boss is being investigated alongside his brother, Charles Chukwuma, who is said to be at large by the EFCC over matters bordering on N1,478,366,859.66 alleged fraud and forgery.
He added that the industrialist allegedly used forged documents to secure tax waivers among other infractions.
Moments after the news of his release, Chukwuma’s company said on their Twitter handle that he has refused the bail granted him by the Commission and was demanding to why he was arrested.
When contacted via telephone, the EFCC spokesman, however, confirmed to Channels Television that the industrialist had left their custody.



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