The operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Office of the EFCC have caught the Chairman of Rice Farmers’ Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, Gummi Local Government Chapter, Ibrahim Rijiya.
He was arrested alongside the Council Storekeeper, Aminu Musa and Abdullahi Bashir for their alleged engagement in the criminal diversion of three trailer loads of 1,800 bags of fertilizer, and 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, also diverted three trailers loaded with fertilizer and other stocks for their local farmers, and later marketed each bag at the sum of N3,000 including other farm stuff.
The EFCC had accepted a petition from delegates of seven different groups of rice farmers, claiming that sometimes in July 2018, the Federal Government signed and distributed 12 trucks of fertilizer and herbicides, on loan to 83 cooperative groups in Gummi and that nobody from the association received the items as approved by the government.
The suspects admitted to their roles in the crime, while the three trailers of the fertilizer have been recovered from them. Efforts are in ongoing to recover the stolen herbicide.
They will soon be charged in court.