The Founder/Chairman of Innoson Technical Manufacturing Company, Enugu, Chief Innocent Chukwuma on Thursday appreciated Nigerians for standing by him while his trial with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC lasted.
The Innoson boss, however, noted that the Magu-led EFCC never officially invited him for questioning. He also promised to pursue the case to its logical conclusion.
Innoson stated this in a special statement signed and released by him on Thursday.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested him claiming he (Innoson) hired six truckloads of thugs to attacks its operatives when they went to arrest him at his Enugu residence.
He was however released on bail at exactly 7:30 pm on Wednesday 20th December 2017.
The Innoson boss had since rejected the bail, insisting that the anti-graft agency should explain to the world why he was arrested in the first place.
Innoson in the statement on Thursday also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, lawmakers and other stakeholders for believing in the rule of law.
His statement reads in full:
“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.
Chief Dr Innocent Chukwuma OFR