Anambra: Fertiliser syndicate busted

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The fertiliser plant at Eleme
The fertiliser plant at Eleme. Photo credit: Indorama

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has intercepted a trailer-load of fertilisers being diverted by a syndicate from Anambra State to an undisclosed destination.

The Commandant of the corps in the state, Mr Godwin Omoregie, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday that the consignment was worth millions of Naira.

Omoregie said that the articulated vehicle was intercepted at Amansea, Awka North local government.

He said that the consignment which was originally allocated to a dealer in Anambra at the Eleme Petrochemical Depot for agriculture, was being diverted.

He said the driver and two other persons arrested at the time of interception were still being quizzed.

“The fertiliser was intercepted by men who were on surveillance following a tip-off. It arrived in Awka where the dealer is based but was not discharged; instead it was diverted to another state.

“As we know, fertiliser is primarily used for agriculture and the farmers here in the state for whom it was meant cannot access it.

“It is also used for explosives and these nefarious people pay more. So our investigation is ongoing to expose the activities of these economic saboteurs,’’ he said.

The commandant said that no fewer than 20 suspected vandals, who specialise in cannibalisation of power installations, had been arrested since January.

He said that the activities of the vandals had contributed to the power outage in some parts of the state.

Omoregie, however, said that the personnel of the NSCDC were on 24-hour vigilance in every part of the state to complement the efforts of other security agencies.

He warned criminals to desist from their nefarious acts as there was no hiding place in Anambra for them.

He noted that the corps would continue to ensure that the state remained safe for the people and in doing business according to the objectives of the government.

“Anambra is safe and we will continue to keep it safe. Personnel of NSCDC are strategically distributed on 24/7 basis both on static and floating patrols.

“We want to warn criminally-minded persons to relocate because Anambra is never a safe haven,’’ Omoregie said.

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