Security discovers fake fertilizer factory in Kaduna
An illegal factory where fake and adulterated fertilizers were being manufactured has been discovered in Kaduna State.
Operators of the factory were caught producing counterfeit fertilizers and packaging it with the Federal Government logo, to sell as the product of Presidential Fertilizer Initiative.
The factory was discovered by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams at Dala village, via Gwargwaji, along the Zaria- Birnin Gwari Road.
The Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams in a joint operation with the Zaria Police Area Command said it made the discovery at about 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, following a tipoff.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said “immediately, a team of detectives from Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams and the Zaria Police Area Command led by Insp. Saleh Yakubu stormed the illegal factory at Dala village, three principal suspects were arrested namely – Mohammed Lawal Ashiru alias Baba Karami, Amadu Bello Suleiman and Anas Suleiman.
“Exhibits recovered during the raid include a mixing/sealing machine, 226 bags of pure Indorama Urea Fertilizer and 375 bags of adulterated fertilizer with the label FGN Presidential Fertilizer Initiative carrying the logo of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Others are 450 empty bags with the same logo, some reasonable quantity of sand used in the adulteration process. Meanwhile, the suspects and the items recovered were handed over to the Zaria Area Police Command for further investigation. The suspects are currently assisting with investigations towards tracing more illegal factories and arresting the manufacturers while investigation into the criminal profiles of the suspects is in progress for possible prosecution,” the statement said.
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