Ghana: 6 Arrested for Diverting Cocoa Farmers' Fertiliser

Somanya — Six persons have been arrested by the Somanya District Police Command in the Eastern Region, for attempting to divert 4,000 bags of fertiliser meant for cocoa farmers at Mumuni-Samreboi in the Western Region.

The suspects are currently in custody in Somanya assisting in investigations.

The police gave their names as Patrick Nartey, 43, the prime suspect, who received five truckloads of the commodity at Somanya, the supplier of the product, whose name was given only as Opare, a staff of Kiteko Company Limited, in Tema, and John Darkey, 65, in whose house the consignment was being offloaded.

The police did not disclose the name of the three others.

Confirming the arrest to the Ghanaian Times, the Somanya District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Isaac Otsin, said the police received a tip-off on Monday, at about 5:30am about the arrival of the five trucks loaded with fertiliser.

DSP Isaac Otsin said the police intercepted the trucks loaded with 800 bags of fertiliser belonging to Tema based KITEKO Company.

According to him, one of the vehicles arrived in the town on Friday night and reportedly off loaded the consignment in a private house of John Darkey at Somanya.

DSP Otsin said the suspected supplier, Opare, upon interrogation told the police the agent, Patrick Nartey, requested for the supply of the fertiliser to be distributed for cocoa farmers at Asinesi and Nkurakan, communities in the Yilo Krobo municipality of the Eastern Region.

Meanwhile, Patrick Nartey, who claimed ownership of the fertiliser, failed to produce a waybill when it was demanded by the police.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Ghanaian Times

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.