Police at Somanya in the eastern region have apprehended five persons for smuggling 4,000 bags of fertilizers meant for Cocoa farmers in the Western Region.
Four of the suspects were drivers of the impounded articulated trucks carrying the consignments while the other is the receiver, identified as Patrick Nartey.
The suspects were arrested at Asomdwoe Krom, a suburb of Somanya while offloading one of the trucks with registration number GM 206-17 in a private residence of one Patrick Nartey.
The other three trucks with registration numbers GM 218-17, GM 219-17, GM 220-17 and GM 204-17 were in the process of being offloaded when the police arrested the suspects.
Police sources indicate that when the transport officer of the company that transported the fertilizers from Tema was contacted, he could not explain how the fertilizers meant for cocoa farmers in the Western Region found their way into a private home in Somanya.
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Meanwhile, Patrick Nartey who claims to be a cocoa farmer based in the Western Region but has a cocoa farm in Asenisi, a suburb of Somanya, in an interview with Adom News denied smuggling the fertilizers.
“I told the transporter some of the fertilizers will be sent to Samreboi and Somanya. So we had just arrived at Somanya to distribute to the farmers when the police arrested us on suspicion of diversion,” he said.
Source: Adomonline.com|Adom News|Kofi Siaw