The Nigerian Army says 200 bags of fertiliser has been seized by the headquarters of 28 Task Force Brigade, Madagali in Adamawa because Boko Haram and bandits were making use of fertilisers to make IEDs.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the Army Public Relations, Haruna Sani, who pointed out that the ban will help prevent Boko Haram and bandits from gaining access to the product.
Sani, in the statement, denied claims that the seized fertilisers were being sold to farmers, stressing that the army will not be distracted by such allegations.
He said, “In order to put the record straight, it is pertinent to state that in Adamawa State there is currently a ban imposed on the importation of urea (fertiliser) by the state government.
“The development is as a result of the activities of terrorists, who use fertiliser to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for their criminal activities.
“Sequel to the ban by the state government, troops intercepted defaulters who were conveying about 200 bags of the banned product.
“The Nigeria Army have since handed over the seized fertilisers to the Nigerian Police.”
It said the Army remains a professional institution focused on safeguarding the lives and property of citizens in aid of civil authority when called upon to do so.