A judge of the Lagos State High Court on Wednesday struck out the case against CEO of Innoson motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma, as a result of the inability of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to produce him in court.
While striking out the case, the judge, Olusola Williams, said a criminal matter can always be instituted whenever the prosecution is prepared.
The defence counsel, Professor Joseph Mbaduga, earlier during the proceeding argued that it is the responsibility of prosecution counsel to produce the defendant to the court, for any jurisdiction to be exercised.
In response to Mbaduga, the EFCC counsel Zainab Ettu told the court that several attempts have been made in producing Innoson, adding that a warrant of arrest was issued but the accused had been hiding from operatives to carry out the arrest on him
Chukwuma and his company Innoson Motors Nigeria were to be arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain property by false pretence, stealing and forgery.
The indigenous auto-manufacturer had been brought before Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court on January 17 but he failed to appear before the court in all the adjourned dates.