The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives from the Operations Support Unit (OSU) have arrested three suspects with 739 bags of government-subsidized fertilizer stolen from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots.

In a statement on Tuesday, April 16, DCI said the three suspects who have been identified as Ali Fatah, Abdi Jabar Hussein, and Bonface Ouma Awili were nabbed along the Kitale-Endebess road while preparing to transit the stolen subsidized fertilizer to a neighboring country.

“Ali Abdi Fatah, Abdi Jabar Hussein, and Bonface Ouma Awili were arrested at Baraka shop cereal store within Matisi market along the Kitale-Endebess road, in the operation that saw the fertilizer valued at Sh1,847,500 seized while being prepared for transit to a neighboring country,” read the statement in part.

The seized stolen fertilizer included 424 bags of Falcon CAN, 43 bags of Tupande, 98 bags of Mavuno, 71 bags of KEL Green NPK, and 20 bags of NPSB-OCP.

Other brands were; four bags of DAP-OCP, 26 bags of FOMI OTESHA, 34 bags of Simba Urea, 16 bags of Falcon Ammonia Sulphate, and one bag of Nafaka Plus weighing 50kg.

The detectives also recovered delivery notes from NCPB Kitale, Malaba, Moi’s Bridge, Isiolo, and Maua NCPB depots, whose authentication is underway.“The scene has been processed by Crime Scene Investigators and all exhibits secured, as the three suspects await arraignment,” the DCI report added.

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