NSCDC bursts fertilizer syndicate, arrests five in Jos


CITIZENS COMPASS—THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has burst a syndicate which specialised in production of adulterated fertilizer and diversion of key raw material in the production of fertilizer in Jos, Plateau State. 

The operation took place at two different locations at No 3, Dogon Dutse, Jos North and Kasuwa Kara area, Bukuru all in Jos, Plateau State

The Corps also apprehended five suspects, who are members of the syndicate who specialize in the diversion of granular ammonium sulphate ,, the key raw material in the production of fertilizer

The operation was successfully carried out by a special intelligence squad of the Commandant General of the NSCDC. 

According to the national PRO of the NSCDC, 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 burst two separate location; No 3, Dogon Dutse, Jos North and Kasuwa Kara area, Bukuru all in Jos, Plateau State and succeeded in recovered large quantities of diverted bags of Granular Amonium 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 civil defence national PRO explained further that five suspects were arrested from the two seprate locations and large quantity bags of different fertilizer products and 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 amonium 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. 


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