Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps, NSCDC, has said it has uncovered a factory in Minna, the state capital, where some people mixed clay with Notre granule Urea and selling it to unsuspected members of the public as fertilizers.
The fake fertilizer factory, located directly behind the General Abdulsalam A. Abubakar Motor Park at Tunga, an outskirt of the capital, was discovered by the surveillance team of the organisation last weekend.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Philip Ayuba disclosed while speaking to journalists that the illegal factory was discovered with 50Kg of the adulterated product tagged: “TAK Agro NPK 20:10-10, stressing that the said factory was allegedly owned by one Alhasan Karfe, now at large, in league with his other accomplices in crime.
“We are here because of what our surveillance team has been able to discover. The illegal act is being perpetrated by some unpatriotic Nigerians who want to make money through dubious means and the people are adulterating fertilizer.”
He stated further that the suspects took to their heels on sighting his surveillance team and melted into thin air , saying no arrest has been made yet, explaining however that efforts were being made to locate the said owner of the factory , Alhasan Karfe and his workers.
Among the items found inside the factory included tipper loads of coloured clay, some sachets of notre urea and empty 50 Kg bags with the inscription of the illegal company’s name on them as well as stitching machines among others.
He added further that unsuspecting Nigerians who might have fallen victim of the illicit act of the fleeing suspects would have wasted their hard earned money by purchasing the adulterated product said to have been sold at N4, 500.00 per 50Kg bag.
This is as against the genuine fertilizer being sold at about N7, 500 per bag or more depending on the quality and approved producers of the product.

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