Innoson-GTBank war: Act now before it’s too late, Anambra monarchs beg Buhari

By Nkiru Nwagbo, Awka on 08/11/2018

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Traditional Rulers in Anambra State, have taken the case of their son, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Innoson Group of Companies and Gurantee Trust Bank (GTBank), which has been raging for some years now, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

They want the President to intervene in the matter before it generates into a bigger crises that will be difficult and costly to solve, especially as the role the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is playing in it is less than credible.

The monarchs, from Anambra South, whose position is being championed by their Grand Patron, Igwe (Dr.) Kenneth Orizu III of, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, the home community of the Innoson boss, accused the EFCC of not following laid down judicial precedence in prosecuting the matter.

The 31-member forum, while condemning the anti-graft agency’s obvious bias, said: "It has become obvious that the EFCC is not following laid down procedures and judicial precedence in the prosecution of the alleged trumped up charge against our son, Chief Innocent Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Nigeria Ltd.

"As leaders and elders of the land, knowing fully well the consequences and crisis the roles and activities of the EFCC may cause, we have decided to use this medium to call on you, Mr. President, to call EFCC to order on this matter so as not to allow this little crisis degenerate into a bigger crisis that will be difficult and costly to resolve."

The monarchs, recalled with regret several ordeals suffered by the Innoson boss in the hands of the anti-graft agency, especially how he was bundled out of his house like a common criminal by its agents, that invaded his Enugu residence in the middle of the night of 19th December, 2017.

They wondered why EFCC would persecute such a distinguished Nigerian, who did not only parade four national honours to his credit but also provides direct employment to over 7,000; and indirect jobs to about 15,000 Nigerians.

"This, to us, is an insult," the forum posited, adding that Buhari should direct the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, to call his officers to order and to stop displaying elements of bias in the said dispute.

The monarchs also called on the IGP and the Lagos State Police Commissioner, to "dutifully and responsibly" investigate the recent attack on Prof. McCarthy Mbadugha, Innoson's lawyer, by assassins believed to have been sponsored by Chukwuma’s opponents; with a view to arresting the perpetrators and unravelling the reason behind such attack.




Posted on November, 8 2018

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