A 45-year-old farmer and marketer, Ahmad Isah, has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment by Justice J.A. Awak of the High Court of Gombe, Gombe State on a two-count charge bordering on the adulteration of maize and millet seeds, forgery and counterfeiting.
The offence, contrary to Section 379 of the Penal Code, was brought against Isah by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to him and was convicted accordingly.
Ahmad, in connivance with some people now at large, engaged in buying local grains including maize, millet, rice among others, which were then repackaged in five kilograms bags and labelled as approved certified hybrid seeds, which they sell at a premium price to unsuspecting victims.
According to the anti-graft agency, investigations revealed that the grains were adulterated and did not meet the minimum seed certification standard. Furthermore, his company, All Farmers Variety Company, was not registered nor accredited to engage in the sale/marketing of seeds in Nigeria.