Innocent Chukwuma, Chief Executive Officer of the Innoson Group, has filed a N200 billion against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The lawsuit, filed at the Enugu High Court by Joseph N. Mbadugha of McCarthy Mbadugha & Co, accuses the EFCC of defamation, malicious falsehood and unlawful imprisonment.

A statement by his lawyer reads, “The last issue Innoson had with EFCC was an invitation extended to him in 2012 based on a complaint against him by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB). Innoson honoured this invitation and subsequently EFCC filed a charge against him at the Lagos high court. The charge was subsequently struck out.

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“However, Innocent Chukwuma and Innoson Nigeria Ltd appealed against the order striking out on the basis that it ought to be dismissal and not striking out. The appeal no: CA/I/1330Cm/2017 is till date still pending at the court of Appeal Lagos State. Since then EFCC has never invited him.

“On this premise, Chief Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) and Innoson Nigeria Ltd are claiming against EFCC; N30 billion exemplary damages; N30 billion for assault and battery; N30 billion for false imprisonment; N40 billion for injury to feelings- mental pains and anxiety arising from malicious falsehood and or defamatory publications of the defendants against the plaintiffs; N50 billion for injury to plaintiff’s reputation arising from the said publications; N20 billion for general damages.

“An order that the published words complained of; be retracted by the defendants and such retraction be published in two national newspapers, including the Punch Newspapers.”