Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 14 palm oil traders for alleged sale of adulterated palm oil at the Gombe Main Market.
Daily Trust learnt that operatives from the Intelligence Special Operation Section at the Gombe Zonal office of the commission raided the ‘Babban Layi’ section of the market, occupied by palm oil dealers.
Our correspondent gathered that the raid followed an intelligence report that some palm oil marketers were adulterating palm oil with chemicals. An EFCC official said 11 suspects: Anih Samuel, Bello Jibrin, Abubakar Muhammed, Garba Idris, Umar Muhammad Bello and Abdullahi Yakubu, Uzaifa Musa, Muhammad Sani, Emeka Oppah, Yarima Bello and Bello Musa Chansi, were arrested in the course of their illegal activities.
The official further said the investigation also led to the raid of another location at Railway Road, close to the main market, where one Ukasha Saidu and two others were also arrested on the same act. Our correspondent reports that adulteration in the market has become rampant on several products, and that just recently, the EFCC operatives arrested some fertiliser marketers in the same market with adulterated fertiliser, which they allegedly mixed with sand and sold to farmers.