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Five people are detained by NSCDC for diverting and adulterating FG’s intervention fertilisers

Sep 6, 2023 | Security | 0 comments

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested a gang of five for diverting and adulterating chemical compounds used by the federal government to subsidize farmers’ fertilizers.

Naija News believes the Commandant General of the NSCDC Special Intelligence Unit arrested the group.

ON TUESDAY, the NSCDC spokesperson, Afolabi Babawale, told the media that the accused individuals were experts in diverting granular ammonium sulphate, a crucial fertilizer raw ingredient.

He said the saboteurs diverted, packed, and sold FEPSAN supplies to buyers and farmers for 25,900 naira each bag.

The commandant general’s special intelligence squad, acting on credible intelligence, busted two locations in Jos Plateau State: No 3, Dogon Dutse area, Jos North, and Kasuwa Kara area, Bukuru, at about 1720hrs on September 2, 2023. They recovered large quantities of diverted bags of Granular Ammonium Sulphate (GAS).

The items are designed to be used to make fertilizer and supplied at a subsidized cost to farmers by the federal government to support the national food security strategy and boost food production, Babawale said.

He said the five suspects were apprehended at two places, and several fertilizer bags were discovered.

Ibrahim Muhammed, 63; Ladan Anas, 26; Umar Said Muhammed, 37; Hambale Usman, 46; and Junaid Ubale, 30, were detained.

740 bags of granular ammonium sulphate, 24 bags of Urea Dangote fertilizers, 65 bags of indorama fertilizers, 130 bags of NPK Barbados fertilizers, 29 cartons of ultracold chemical, and 109 litres of knapsack spraying pump were recovered.

The NSCDC Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has been informed and ordered the immediate transfer of the five suspects and the case file to the national headquarters while further investigation continues.

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