A businessman and director of Innoson Group, Innocent Chukwuma, has questioned the decision of a Lagos State High Court requesting his arrest and arraignment before it.
Justice Mojisola Dada on Friday issued an arrest warrant on the businessman for his inability to show up for arraignment at the court.
Mr. Chukwuma and his company were dragged to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on charges of impersonation and fraud.
Mr. Chukwuma was, nonetheless, not in court for arraignment.
Following application by anti graft Commission, Justice Dada ruled that Mr. Chukwuma be arrested and kept in custody a day before the date of arraignment, March 14.
Be that as it may, in an application before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Chukwuma challenged the trial as well as the arrest warrant issued against him.
Mr. Chukwuma has also applied to the Lagos State High Court for stay of execution of the order pending determination of the appeal.
J.N. Mbadugha, counsel to Mr. Chukwuma, had during the court proceedings on February 9 raised an objection to the court that there is a motion pending at the court of appeal to stay commencement of proceedings and execution of the court’s order of January 17.
He questioned the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
Mr. Mbadugha also called the attention of the court to the motions pending in the matter, at various courts.
He also informed the court that the 3rd defendant has not been served and as such the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
Mr. Mbadugha, therefore, asked that the court set aside the decision of the trial judge and the bench warrant for the arrest of Mr. Chukwuma issued by the judge.