Following his release from the EFCC’s detention, the chairman/CEO, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, has released a press statement thanking Nigerians for their immense show of love and support.
He said, “May I use this opportunity to express my gratitude to fellow countrymen who stood by me in this period of my Illegal arrest by EFCC.
“Firstly, I want to thank Mr President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for his believe in the rule of law. I thank also the various State Governors who condemned my illegal arrest and fought to see my release.
“I also thank the distinguished members of the National Assembly for their support in voicing out my illegal arrest, the traditional rulers across the divide from the North to the South, your support and contribution to my release is well noted. Thank you.
“To all the Media organizations, various human rights groups, the youths, the
#FreeInnoson social media crusaders and everybody who gave a voice to condemn my illegal arrest, thank you all.
“I still maintain that my arrest was illegal, as there was never a period that EFCC under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu invited me for any reason. In due time, I will tell Nigerians the whole truth about this matter. I intend to work faithfully with the EFCC on this alleged investigation so as to clear my name which has been badly damaged, and I will follow up this so called investigation to its logical conclusion.
“Once again, thank you my fellow Nigerians, with this high level of support and love showered on me during this period of my travail, I reiterate my strong resolve on the robust industrialization project of our dear nation, which will make her truly great again. I thank you all once more for your support.
Meanwhile, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) on Thursday put up desperate moves to calm customers who were aggrieved over the arrest of Innoson Motors’ boss, Innocent Chukwuma, from closing their accounts.
Many aggrieved customers of bank stormed the branches of the bank in across South Eastern Nigeria and Lagos & Abuja requesting their funds be transferred to other banks and subsequently have their bank accounts closed.
However, GTBank introduced a variety of technical hurdles designed to limit its customers from effecting their decisions. GTBank requested the aggrieved customers to officially write and wait for the bank’s response while the bank’s staff were seen telling other customers that their network was down hence bank transfers could not be done immediately.
The social media networks has been buzzing since the arrest of Innoson Motors Chairman/CEO, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), which the people (customers) blamed GTBank for his arrest.
There are so many pictures on social media of people in long queues trying to access GTBank branches for possible closure of their bank accounts.
However, some commenters said they were told at the Customer Service Section of the bank to apply to their account officers and wait for response while those wanting to make inter-bank transfers were told to either wait or come back the next day.
Innoson Group has been engaged in serious court cases with GTbank. It accused the bank of being indebted to the auto manufacturing company to the tune of N8.5 billion in a series of damages stemming from illegal service deductions by the bank. An initial fraud case brought against Mr. Chukwuma by GTBank was withdrawn earlier this year.