Farmer jailed five years for smuggling fertilizer to Togo


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Aflao (V/R), Sept. 20, GNA – Gameli Agbavor, a
farmer, 50, has been jailed five years in prison by an Aflao Circuit Court for
smuggling 25 bags of fertilizer to the Republic of Togo.

The court, presided over by Mr Ali Baba
Abature, also ordered him to pay a GH¢1,200.00 fine, or serve additional 18
months in prison in default.

Agbavor pleaded not guilty.

The court also confiscated the 25 bags

Aflao (V/R), Sept. 20, GNA – Gameli Agbavor, a
farmer, 50, has been jailed five years in prison by an Aflao Circuit Court for
smuggling 25 bags of fertilizer to the Republic of Togo.

The court, presided over by Mr Ali Baba
Abature, also ordered him to pay a GH¢1,200.00 fine, or serve additional 18
months in prison in default.

Agbavor pleaded not guilty.

The court also confiscated the 25 bags of
fertilizer to the state and ordered for their sale and the proceeds paid into
the consolidated fund.  

The facts of the prosecution were that at about
1800 hrs on December 12, 2017, police at Dzodze, Ketu North Municipal capital
heard that some persons were smuggling fertilizer from Avalavi, also in the
area through Deme to a village in Togo.

The prosecution said following surveillance, a
witness intercepted an Apsonic Tricycle motorbike loaded with 25 bags of NPK
15-15-15 fertilizer on the Deme-Bagbe unapproved route in Togo.

Eddo Ahiahornu, the bike rider and his mate,
Kwami Dordzinu, mentioned Agbavor, a farmer at Avalavi, as the owner of the
goods, who chartered them to convey them to Togo.

The accused then owned up, explaining he
bought the fertilizers for a colleague Togolese farmer, one Francis Agbleta in
Bagbe in Togo and transporting them to him.

GNA


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