From Yahaya Wakili in Damaturu
The Inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idriss has been called on to intervene and bring to an end, the menace of fake fertilizer sales and circulation in Yobe state by some unpatriotic citizens.
The chairman of Yobe state Fertiliser sales Association, Potiskum branch, Alhaji Ali Maitaki made the appeal while briefing journalists recently in Damaturu, the state capital.
Alhaji Ali Maitaki said,”on Sunday 16 July 2017 our members and customers reported to us the advertisement and circulation of a federal government impersonated fertilizer labelled #5,500 with inscription FGN Agro and coat of arms sold out at one store along Ibrahim Alkali Avenue in Potiskum.
“We rushed to the store and confirmed that it is true picked some samples for analysis and confirmed it is fake fertilizer, it was filled with sand, we summoned Exco meeting and resolved to report the case to Potiskum Divisional officer, the suspects were arrested, we were asked to come back on Monday 17 July 2017.”
According to him,”when we resumed Monday morning, we met the police writing the statement from the suspects, they told the police that they had unsold 460 bags in their store, we informed the police that despite the arrest, the sale was still ongoing at store but the police assured us that it will stop.”
“We therefore want to use this medium to appeal to the Inspector General of police to come to our aid by directing the proper investigation of the matter and bringing the culprits to book.” He added that”we are aware of the honesty and transparency of the IGP in ensuring that justice takes its course in the Nigerian police.”
He added that “we are aware of the honesty and transparency of the IGP in ensuring that justice takes its course in the Nigerian police.”
“We will not fold our aims to allow saboteurs of President Muhammadu Buhari to impersonate federal government fertiliser and cheat our farmers, we would not remain silent and compromise justice that is why we held this press briefing,” he added.
They are undermining Mr president and his team, they want to spoil the name of this government at all cost our customers threatened to stop patronizing federal government fertilizer.”
“He further alleged that the suspects connived with some FG officials and used their store to carry out their business.”
Also speaking on the matter, Mallam Zakar Adamu chairman of the Movement for Justice North East said,”the sad news was also reported to my office, it’s unfortunate that some are desperate to sabotage the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo why should they impersonate federal government fertilizer at this critical time when people are into farming?” he queried.
They are selling the fake fertilizer at #5,500 and when applied on crops it distroys it.”
“I reported it to CID in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, that the suspects were not prosecuted, I also met the DPO but he said he is not aware of the remaining large quantities of the fertilizer, but that they will act on it,” he added.