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Firm charged over alleged explosives importation

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, September 25, 2017 adjourned till November 28, 2017, for the arraignment of a limited liability company, Elephant Group Limited, and its managing director, Tunji Owoeye, for allegedly importing into Nigeria, urea fertiliser component used in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) unlawfully.

Federal High Court
The Federal High Court in Lagos

The matter is before Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun. The court fixed the date, due to inability of the judge to sit on Monday.

In count one of the charge marked FHC/207C/17 and filed by Assistant Chief State Counsel, Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation A. K. Alilu, on behalf of Attorney General of the Federation, the suspects were accused of improper Importation of Goods punishable under section 47(1)(c)of the Custom and Excise Management Act Cap C. 45 Laws of the Federation 2004.

The charge reads: “That you Elephant Group Limited and Tunji Owoeye both of 8, Etal Avenue, Off Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun Ikeja on or about the 29th of August, 2016 while at Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did commit an offence to wit: you were concerned with the importation of 13, 199.532mt of Urea Fertiliser which is component for making (IED) Improvised Explosive Devices, in respect to the importation of which prohibition is for the time being in force”.

Chinyere Obia

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