FG charges Elephant Group with unlawful fertilizer importation

The Federal Government has filed a criminal charge against Elephant Group Limited and its Managing Director , Tunji Owoeye , over alleged unlawful importation of urea fertilizer , which the prosecution said, was one of the raw materials used for the building of Improvised Explosive Devices.
The charge, marked FHC/ 207 C/ 17 , was filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr . Abubakar Malami (SAN) .
It was signed on behalf of the AGF by an Assistant Chief State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions of the Federation , A . K. Alilu .
In the charge filed before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun , the Federal Government alleged that Elephant Group and its Managing Director , Owoeye , were involved in an unlawful importation of 13 , 199 . 532 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer into the country on or about August 29 , 2016 .
The prosecution claimed that urea fertilizer “is a component of Improvised Explosive Devices, ” adding that its importation was prohibited as of the time when the defendants allegedly brought it into the country .
The one count pressed against the defendants border on improper importation of goods, which the AGF said, was punishable under Section 47 (1 ) (c )of the Custom and Excise Management Act Cap C. 45 Laws of the Federation 2004 .
The defendants had been scheduled for arraignment before Justice Olatoregun on Monday.
The case was , however , stalled as the judge did not sit .
It was consequently adjourned till November 28, 2017 .