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EFCC arrests eight for producing, selling fake fertilizer in Gombe, Bauchi

The Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested eight people for producing and selling adulterated fertilizers in the metropolitan city of Gombe and the town of Lariski in the local Kirfi government area of ​​Bauchi state.

The suspects are Usman Shamwari, Adamu Abdulhamid, Dahiru Salisu, and Dahiru Muhammad. Others are Abdullahi Maidawa, Suleman Ahmed, Muhammed Aliyu and Ibrahim Musa.

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The arrested suspects specialized in adulterating natural fertilizers purchased from recognized companies, with sand. They then packed the diluted fertilizer in the bags of the original companies without authorization and then sold it as genuine to unsuspecting farmers at the same price.

Investigations revealed that the sand is often more than two-thirds of the contents of the bag, which gives the false feeling that it was more than usual.

Michael Wetkas, zone chief of the EFCC, said the Commission received an intelligence report through the Intelligence and Special Operations Section of the area, ISOS, on July 27, 2019, and immediately went into action.

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The illegal factories located in the village of Lariski, the Kirfi local government area of ​​Bauchi state and the Gombe metropolis, were raided with the suspects detained.

Subsequent investigations showed that other places where illegal activities were carried out include: Commercial Area (Kasuwan Goro) and New Gombe Market (Kasuwan Doya), both in the Local Government Area of ​​Gombe. Agents intercepted fully loaded trucks with 600 bags and two Toyota Tacoma pick-up trucks with 81 bags of diluted fertilizer.

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Wetkas said: “We will do everything in our power to ensure that this stops because this is the zenith and pinnacle of evil from man to man, our farmers in rural areas go through many things to pay a bag of fertilizer and these are people letting down innocent farmers. ”

He then took the journalists on tour to the village of Lariski, where the suspects were arrested, and where the illegal factory was located along with a warehouse where they were stored before taking them to the market for sales.

The head of the EFCC encouraged farmers to volunteer more information to the Commission, noting that “our doors are always open to receive information and intelligence reports anonymously.”

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He said: “In view of the danger posed by this heinous act for national food security and the negative implication in the economy, especially the devastating effect on peasants who go through hell to pay for a bag of fertilizer, the Commission is notifying the The general public, especially farmers, must be vigilant and denounce such fraudulent acts for immediate action. ”