Adamawa: 1753 Bags of Banned Urea Fertilizer, Concealed As Charcoal, Seized


1,753 bags of urea fertilizer, concealed by dealers as bags of charcoal, have been seized in Adamawa State by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

Fertilizer containing urea is a banned product in Adamawa State and the rest of the Northeast after security agencies discovered that the urea component was being used by terrorists to make bombs.

The Controller of Customs in charge of the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command, Isyaka Adeleke Ganiyu who on Wednesday displayed the seized fertilizer and other illegally imported products at the Area Command headquarters in Yola, said the thousands of bags of urea fertilizer were concealed as charcoal in trailer loads.

While most of the bags were offloaded and piled on the grounds of the Customs headquarters, a trailer, still packed full of the illegal product, was also shown to newsmen.

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The newsmen observed that the bags of urea fertilizer were each carefully placed inside charcoal-darkened bags initially used to pack charcoal.

“This shows you the evil ingenuity of the smugglers we are dealing with,” the NCS Area Controller said, adding that on first look, nobody would know that the bags of urea fertilizer were not of the charcoal that the smugglers had made them to look like.

Also seized by the NCS and shown to newsmen during the Wednesday media interaction, included 267 jerry cans of imported engine oil and 237 bags of imported rice.

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