9th May, 2017
The Police Area Command in Zaria, Kaduna State, have uncovered and seized over 1,000 bags of adulterated fertilisers at a fake factory in Zaria.
ACP Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Area Commander, Zaria Police Area Command, made the disclosure at a news conference in Zaria on Tuesday.
He said that the fake factory, owned by one Mohammed Lawal-Bashir, was located at Dala on Birnin Gwari Road, Gwargwaje, Zaria.
Ibrahim added that investigation showed that one bag of Urea was being mixed with five bags of sand to produce six bags of adulterated fertilisers.
According to him, both the owner of the factory and the seized bags of fertilisers have been taken to Kaduna for further investigation.
He said the police have recovered many materials used in perpetrating the nefarious act.
The area command boss noted that the act was meant to scuttle Federal Government’s effort tagged “Presidential Fertiliser Initiative”.
When contacted, the Chairman of Fertiliser Dealers’ Association in Zaria, Alhaji Sani Danmarke, distanced his members from what he described as inhuman act.
He said the association had raised a security committee that would go round the area to flush out “bad eggs” out of the business.
A cross section of farmers in Zaria appealed to government to fish-out the producers of the sack used in packaging the commodity.
They observed that identifying and arresting the producers would curtail the spread of adulterated fertilisers.