…to remain in custody till March 14
The Group Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd may be arrested anytime from now as an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Mr Innocent Chukwuma.
Justice Mojisola Dada issued the bench warrant following the failure of the defendant to appear in court for the second time for arraignment on criminal charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“A bench warrant is hereby served on Innocent Chukwuma, he will remain in custody till the next adjourned date.
“The case is adjourned till March 14 for possible arraignment,” Justice Dada said.
In the course of the proceedings, a mild drama ocured in the courtroom, with Justice Dada threatening to charge Prof. J. N Mbadugha, the defence counsel for Innoson and Innoson Motors Ltd, for contempt of court.
Also Charles Chukwuma,younger brother of Innoson, a third defendant who was not present in court, had no legal representation.
Justice Dada issued the threat against Mbadugha following his alleged disrespectful conduct and outburst against the court in his opening address.
Mbadugha had while addressing the court shouted: “This proceeding is a clear abuse of court processes, the EFCC is a reckless arbiter.
“My Lord has refused to be bound by the rule of law and doesn’t want to be bound by the doctrine of Stare Decisis; my Lord wants to override the decision of the Supreme Court.”
Justice Dada, in response, said: “Your whole comportment, conduct, countenance smacks of disrespect to the court and rule of law, I will report you to the Nigerian Bar Association.
“You are insulting the court, this is clear contempt in the face of the court; you will go to prison from here, if you think the court is defenceless and powerless, you’d be surprised.”
The defense counsel is said to have appologised to the learned judge over his conduct