By Etse Kassim, Abuja
Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman and Chief Executive of Innosons Motors, has sued the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) before an Enugu State High Court over his recent ‘unlawful’ detention by the anti-graft body.
The lawsuit which was filed on behalf of Innoson by Joseph N of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, stated that the invasion of the businessman house and the subsequent detention last month violated his rights as well as a major dent on his image.
A statement made available by Cornel Osigwe, Spokesman of Innoson Group, gives the breakdown of the financial compensation being demanded by the Anambra-born businessman and Innoson Nigeria Ltd to include N30 billion exemplary damages; N30 billion for assault and battery and 30 billion for false imprisonment.
The owner of the vehicle manufacturing plant in Nnewi, also wants an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant either by itself, agents, privies, and/or assigns from further maligning or otherwise defaming the Plaintiffs in the words complained of or similar words and/or in other manner howsoever.
It would be recalled that EFCC had claimed in statement on its official website that the arrest of Innoson followed a due process.
“Followed his refusal to honour invitation by the Commission having earlier jumped an administrative bail granted him in a case being investigated by the Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Unit of the Commission’s Lagos office,” the Commission had said.