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FG sues J Berger over contraband imports

By Innocent Anaba and Temidayo Okeseeyin
The Federal Government has filed a charge of alleged importation of prohibited goods against construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, before a Federal High Court  in Lagos.

The charge was filed by the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation and the Nigerian Customs Service (NSC), before Justice Ishaq Sani.

According to the charge, the management of the construction firm was accused of importing 1x20ft container, which contained woven and laminated sacks.

The two-count charge filed by one Patricia Ojakovo, on behalf of the government, the construction company was accused of having committed an offence contrary to the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA), 2004.

The charge read,  “That you, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc of Utako District, Julius Berger Junction, Abuja, on or about October 28, 2007, at Apapa, Lagos, within the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, landed or unloaded in Nigeria 1x20ft container number GATU 054775-9 containing woven/laminated sacks and bags, which are goods imported contrary to any prohibition and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 47 (1) (a) of Customs and Excise Management Act, CAP C45, laws of the Federation, 2004 and punishable under the same Act.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the charge.


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