NDC chairman arrested for smuggling fertilizers into Burkina Faso

NDC chairman arrested for smuggling fertilizers into Burkina Faso

- The Sissala East chairman of the NDC, Babu Rafik, has been reportedly arrested by the CID

- His arrest is in relation to the diversion of fertilizer under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the Sissala East chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Babu Rafik, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS).

According to a report by MyNewsGH.com, he was arrested is in connection with the missing $12m worth of fertilizers under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

He was arrested together with some Sunyani Muncipal Assembly staff who are believed to have masterminded the smuggling of the government fertilizers into neighbouring Burkina Faso with the connivance of some Chinese nationals.

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Source: UGC

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YEN.com.gh understands that they are currently being interrogated by the CID in order to establish the facts of the case.

The Agric Ministry denied earlier report suggesting that the amount of $12m dollars said to be losses, incurred as a result of smuggling of fertilizers under the flagship Planting for food and jobs programme.

They revealed that about 50 trucks of fertilizers, which were being smuggled to Burkina Faso were seized in the Upper West Region and that “efforts are being made to nip the vicious activities of these fertilizer-smuggling cartels in the bud.”

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