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As a young entrepreneur and a lover of GTBank, I have refrained from writing about the ordeal of Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman/CEO of Innoson Motors, Nigeria’s number one indigenous car assembling plant in the hands of another indigenous banking giant, GTBank Plc because, the bank has served and serviced me well in the few years I had banked with them, though, not without the usual hick-ups one experiences in their banking halls, but yes, GTBank was until now, my favorite.

For those who know me, even from a distance, can attest to the fact that one-thing I have that has kept me going is the fact that I am not a bigot in any way possible and I do not support anything that helps promote bigotry or tribalism as the case maybe, but I am challenged here to say that with my having banked with GTB for a very long time, this kind of a thing is coming to me as a shocker and I won’t pretend about it.

Chief Innocent Chukwuma is a man majority of Nigerians, Northerners, Southerners, Westerners and his Eastern brothers hold at a very high esteem and anything that touches him gets to touch all Nigerians as he is a ROLE MODEL ENTREPRENEUR of repute who has done nothing but bring glory to Nigeria in a sector alot of business men and women dread to tread. He demystified the Nigerian Factor when he started the assembling of cars here, to the extent that I in particular told someone a few years ago that all Innoson Motors needed to collapse was time, but how wrong I was, which is why I am interested in knowing why GTBank want to help kill this brand that has made us proud?

I am also deeply worried that a civil case between a bank and her customer, a worthy customer at that was pushed to a law enforcement agency with the mandate of recovering stolen funds as though Chief Innoson Chukwuma stole from either GTBank or the Federal Government which EFCC is supposed to fight for when the need arises.

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigerian, AMCON, is a body set up by an act of the National Assembly with the mandate to be a key stabilizing and re-vitalizing tool aimed at resolving non-performing loans amongst companies, therefore, the use of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by GTBank and the allowance of EFCC to be used by GTBank against an indigenous manufacturer when the government is clamouring for the involvement of entrepreneurs in the economy and an agency of government in collaboration with a financial institution is busy stiffening same company, is criminal and must be condemned by all and sundry.

These Are The Facts As Obtained On How GTBank Stole N786M From Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman/CEO, Innoson Motors.
1. Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd operates a Current Account with GTBank .
2. Innoson obtained and had repaid a loan of N1.3billion from GTB which it secured with a legal mortgage of its properties valued at more than N1.4billion .
3. Innoson discovered that GTBank imposed excess and unlawful charges on its Current Account with the bank.
4. Innoson Group Complained to GTBank on his discovery of access charges on his account .
5. Both parties ( Innoson and GTBank ) agreed to invite an independent auditing firm that will be agreed by both parties .
6. At the end , MULTI-WINGS Consulting Firm of Auditors was invited to properly audit Innoson Nigeria Ltd Current account No 0043753636 domiciled with Nnewi Branch of GTBank. The audit covers a period from March 2004 to Dec 2011 .
7. After the account was audited , it was discovered that GTBank has been illegally deducting excess bank charges on its overdraft facility to the Innoson to the tune of seven hundred and Eighty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Five Thousand , Nine Hundred and Fifty-Five Naira , Ninety Nine kobo ( N786,205,955.99).
8. GTBank was shocked at the audit report when the report was forwarded to it .They replied in their letter to Innoson on 20th January , 2012 that it will investigate the issue raised and will get back to Innoson on the Conclusion of its investigation .
9. In the month of September 2012 , GTBank wrote to Innoson that from their personal audit report , the excess bank charges was Five Hundred and Fifty-Nine Million , three Hundred and Seventy-Two naira ,Nine kobo ( N 559.3Million).
10. Innoson agreed to their version and decided to accept payment from it in the spirit of amicable resolution.
11. Innoson also requested that the said agreed amount of N559.3million be paid with a 22% interest rate because Innoson had been repaying all his loan with GTBank at 22% interest rate.
12. GTBank refused and said that the best they can repay excess and illegal deduction is at 7% interest rate . This led to another disagreement between Innoson and GTBank .
13. As a result , in 2012 , Innoson sued GTBank at Federal High Court Awka with Suit No : FHC/Awk/Cs/2012 .
14. Federal High Court, Awka delivered Judgement in favour of Innoson in excess of N4.7billion against GTBank.
Delivering Judgement in suit no : FHC /Awk/ CS / 139/2012 , the FHC awarded N4.7billion to Innoson Motors against GTBank .
*The court also ordered GTBank to pay 22 % (percent ) interest on the Judgement debt until all the payment had been made to Innoson .*
15. In 2013 , GTBank appealed against the judgement to the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, appoxite appeal No: CA/E/288/2013 .
16. The Court of Appeal , Enugu in a Considered ruling ordered GTBank to pay the Judgement debt of N6billion Inclusive of the accrued interest and any interest that would subsequently accrue thereon into an interest yielding account in the Name of the Chief Registrar of the Court .
17. In its various affidavits, particularly at the Court of Appeal in suit no : CA/E/288/2013 , GTBank deposed that if it pays the outstanding Judgement debt of N6billion , much less the N8.5billion , it could go bankrupt and be out of business .
18. GTBank went to the Supreme Court .The case is still in the Supreme Court , while the Judgement debt is about N8billion now to be paid to Innoson by GTBank .
*Another Cases:*
IBADAN Cases : Innoson /GTBank/Nigerian Custom Service :
19. Nigerian Customs Service Auctioned Innoson goods .
20.Innoson challenged the action Nigerian Custom Service for auctioning its goods at Federal High Court , Ibadan.

21. On July 29 ,2011, In a Garnishee Order Absolute , the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan ordered GTBank to Pay Innoson #2,048,737,443,67 (#2billion) from Nigerian Customs account in GTBank.
22. Rather than Comply with the Garnishee Order Absolute of the Court , GTBank on February 6, 2015 appealed the Judgement , but the Court of Appeal in Appeal no. CA/1/258/2011 affirmed the Judgement of the Federal High Court and ordered GTBank to pay the Judgement debt of #2,048,737,443.67 (#2.048billion) to Innoson.
23. GTBank , instead , appealed to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s decision where GTBank claimed through a motion in suit no : Sc /694/2014, that the Court of Appeal Judgement in Ibadan (CA/I/258/2011) was procured by suspicious means .
24. On May 12, 2017 , Supreme Court in its wisdom and rightly , dismissed that unfounded and exasperating claim of GTB against Innoson.
25. As a result , Innoson commenced a N400 billion suit against GTBank , in the suit No: FCT /HC/CV/2448/2017 at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .

26. Consequently , in order to save itself from paying the outstanding Judgement debts to Innoson , the GTBbank filed a petition against Innoson alleging forgery which led to the suit No : FHC /L/565C/2015 by Police .
27. On February 17, 2016 , Police properly and Competently withdraw the charges against Innoson , saying they needed to properly investigate the bank’s complaints first and see if they had merits .
28. On September 1 , 2014 , GTBank secured an ex parte order on Innoson Nigeria Limited, dated September 1, 2014 with suit no FHC/L/CS/1119/2014 , filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos , between GTBank and Innoson Nigeria Limited , issued by *Justice Okon Abang* , ordering that , pending the hearing and the determination of the substantive suit , all Commercial Banks in Nigeria were restrained from accepting in any manner whatsoever to any mandate or instruction presented to them by Innoson Companies or any of its agents or nominees for withdrawal of any sum of money standing to the credit of any account maintained by the company in all the banks.
29. However , on June 10, 2015 , *Justice Saliu Saidu* of the Federal High Court , Lagos , in a Considered ruling set aside the ex parte order of September 1, 2014 , by Justice Okon Abang and the writ of summon as well .
30. Innoson then slammed a N30 billion suit on Guaranty Trust Bank for what it had suffered in monetary terms and reputational terms during the months when the accounts of its companies in all Nigerian banks were frozen.With Innoson winning both cases at the High Court and both cases at the Appeal Court, and GTB appealing, both cases are awaiting the verdict of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile the fresh N30 billion naira suit has just gone to the High Court to start its legal journey.
In all , Innoson has won two High Court cases and two Appeal Court cases all against GTBank .
Innoson as at today has Judgement debt over about N10billion based on 22% interest rate against GTBank.

Having said all the above, my major concern therefore is the tribal angle that was introduced to the whole equation that led the Igbos to start crying fowl over how Chief Innocent Chukwuma was treated by both his bank, GTBank and the EFCC which the bank employed to help resolve a civil matter between them and the way and manner the EFCC disrespected Chief Innocent Chukwuma while being taken to their office for what they called “QUESTIONING” between two customers.

But one-thing I must bring to the fore here is the fact that though some of the dramas that ensued after the purported arrest and questioning of the Innoson boss by the Igbos were uncalled for, but who would blame them for standing up for their kinsman who was being ill-treated by the same government that is supposed to protect him and his business in Nigeria, which saw majority of them pull out their accounts in the bank in protest.

It is therefore left for GTBank to do what is right by retracing their steps or else, I will join my brothers to withdraw my money from the bank too.

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