The Federal Government has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a bench warrant for Innocent Chukwuma, the chairman of Innoson Nigeria Limited, and two of his employees.
The men were charged by the police in a fraud case before Justice Ayokunle Faji, with an alleged N2.4billion shipping fraud. The case was later taken over by the attorney general of the federation.
The other two men named in the charge are Charles Chukwuma, Maximian Chukwura, Mitsui Osk Lines and Anajekwu Sunny.
The prosecution urged the court on Monday to order the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman and his staff for failing to turn up to take their plea in the criminal charge.
Prosecuting Counsel Mr. Julius Ajakaiye urged the court to grant his application by ordering their arrest.
The defence counsel Chief George Uwechue (SAN) Prof. C. Mbadugha asked the court to dismiss the application. According to them, the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the warrant against the defendants “because they were not properly before the court”.