NSCDC BURST ADULTERATED FERTILIZER PRODUCTS SYNDICATE IN JOS, ARRESTS 5 AND RECOVER LARGE QUANTITIES OF DIVERTED PRODUCTS
The Special Intelligence Squad of the Commandant General of the NSCDC have apprehended five suspects, who are members of the syndicate who specializes in the diversion of granular ammonium sulphate, the key raw material in the production of fertilizer.
According to the Corps Public Relations Officer, Afolabi Babawale, the diverted granular ammonium sulphate that is used in the production of fertilizer is a property of fertilizer producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria( FEPSAN) but was diverted, bagged and sold by the saboteurs to unsuspected buyers and farmers at the rate of 25,900 naira per bag.
"On the 2nd September 2023 at about 1720hrs, the Commandant General's Special Intelligence Squad, acting on a credible intelligence bursted two separate locations; No 3, Dogon Dutse area,vJos North and Kasuwa Kara area, Bukuru all in Jos Plateau State and succeeded in recovered large quantities of diverted bags of Granular Ammonium Sulphate( GAS). The products is meant to be used for the production of fertilizer and to be sold at subsidized rate to the farmers in the federal government bid to sustain the national food security programme and encourage food production in the country" Babawale narrated.
The Corps Public Relations Officer explained further that five suspects were arrested from the two separate locations and large quantity bags of different fertilizer products materials were recovered.
The arrested suspects are Ibrahim Muhammed, 63, Ladan Anas, 26, Umar Said Muhammed, 37, Hambale Usman, 46 and Junaid Ubale, 30. Among the exhibit recovered are 740 bags of prohibited granular ammonium sulphate, 24 bags of Urea Dangote fertilizers, 65 bags of indorama fertilizers, 130 bags of NPK Barbados fertilizers, 29 cartons of ultrachol chemical, 109 (20) liters of knapsack spraying pump among other items.
Babawale also disclosed that the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR has been duly briefed and has ordered the immediate transfer of the five suspects and the case file to the National Headquarters of the NSCDC while further investigation is ongoing.