EFCC Nabs Zamfara District Head, Two Others for Diverting Government Fertilizer, Herbicide
Operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested the Chairman of Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, Gummi Local Government Chapter, Ibrahim Rijiya; the Council Storekeeper, Aminu Musa Abdullahi Bashir for their alleged involvement in the criminal diversion of three trailer loads of 1,800 bags of fertilizer, a truck-load of farming herbicide belonging to rice farmers in Gummi.
Rijiya, who is also the District Head of Rijiya Gummi, Gummi LGA, Zamfara State, is also alleged to have diverted three trailers loaded with fertilizer other supplies for their local farmers, later sold each bag at the sum of N3,000 including other farm materials.
The EFCC had received a petition from representatives of seven different groups of rice farmers, alleging that sometimes in July 2018, the Federal Government approved disbursed 12 trucks of fertilizer herbicides, on loan to 83 cooperative groups in Gummi that no member of the association fully collected all the items as approved the government.
All efforts made the Gummi Chapter of RIFAN to get the items back, proved abortive.
Investigation revealed that Rijiya conspired with Musa to divert sell the three trailers of fertilizer a truck load of herbicide to Bashir at the cost of N17.1million shared the money among themselves.
The suspects confessed to their roles in the crime, while the three trailers of the fertilizer have been recovered from them. Efforts are in top-gear to recover the diverted herbicide.
They will soon be arraigned in court.