By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till November 28, for the arraignment of a limited liability company, Elephant Group Limited, and its Managing Director, Tunji Owoeye, over alleged unlawful importation of Urea Fertilizer component used in making Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.
Trial judge, Justice Cecilia Olatoregun, adjourned the matter due to inability of the court to sit.
Count one charge filed by Assistant Chief State Counsel, Department of Public Prosecutions, DPP, of the Federation, A. K. Alilu, on behalf of Attorney General of the Federation against Owoeye and his company, stated thus:
“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.”
While 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 August 29, 2016, while at Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this court, did commit an offence to wit:
“You were concerned with the importation of 13,199.532mt of Urea Fertilizer, which is component for making Improvised Explosive Devices, IED, in respect to the importation of which prohibition is for the time being in force.”