Police arrest 2 suspects in Gombe over fertiliser adulteration

Gombe State Police Command has arrested two suspects for buying and selling adulterated fertiliser in Gombe, state capital.

This is contained in a statement issued by Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, in Gombe on Friday.

Malum said arrest was made on July 4 by Police detectives attached to State Criminal Investigation Department that acted on credible intelligence.

She said suspects were “one Ibrahim Salisu, 26 years from Marke village, Kankara LGA, Katsina State and one Maina Bukar, 46 years from Biu LGA, Borno State, who is buyer here in Gombe State”.

According to PRO, suspects had confessed to have been in “this dirty and unlawful business where said Ibrahim Salisu who is the supplier brings the unbranded and misbranded fertilizer.

“(It) is adulterated sand from Katsina State to Gombe State and receiver, one Ibrahim Salisu, buys it at rate of N900 only per bag.’’

She said that command had recovered as exhibits all 600 bags of fertilizer, adding that products had been sent to Ministry of Agriculture Gombe State for authentication and laboratory analysis.

Malum added that both suspects would be “subsequently charged to Court for prosecution.’’

She, therefore, warned all individuals or groups involved in such nefarious activity to desist, while assuring the of Gombe State of command’s readiness to protect lives and properties.

The Command image maker further appealed to the public to always share credible information the police, adding that information given would be treated utmost confidentiality.(NAN)