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'Boko Haram use fertilizer to make bombs'

21 December 2016, 14:33

Abuja -  Minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbe has disclosed that Boko Haram insurgents now use components of fertilizer to make bombs and other explosives.

Ogbe, speaking at a special town Hall meeting for Youths, organized by the ministry of information and Culture in Abuja on Tuesday, December 20, disclosed that the insurgents now use components of fertilizer to make bombs and other explosives, Daily Post reports.

The minister said due to Boko Haram activities security agencies placed hold on the distribution of fertilizer which in turn resulted in the commodity being sold for N10 000 per bag.

He said: "Fertiliser came late this year due to security challenges.

“We started moving fertiliser in February to meet up with the farming season but the national security agency stopped us from moving it.

“Over 400 trailer loads of fertilisers were held down in Lokoja for two months because Boko haram were converting urea among other fertilizer component to make bombs.

“It took two and half months to get arrangement from security agencies to escort fertilisers from the factories to the farms.

“We were cut between security problems and food security for the people”

The minister, however, assured farmers that the price of fertilizer will reduce to less than N5 000 in the next planting season according to Naij.

In another development, Audu Ogbeh has warned to Nigerians about the presence of fake honey produced from sugar syrup in the country.

The minister’s warning comes on the heels of reports of fake rice made of plastic and fake eggs made out of resin, starch and pigments.

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