‘Imported Rice Is Poisonous’ – Customs Boss

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Custom Service, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd) at
a news conference organised by the Ministry of Finance in Abuja on
Thursday appealed to Nigerians to avoid eating foreign rice because it
is poisonous.

He further declared that the Federal Government had
not issued licence for importation of rice and that any rice seen on
the streets that was not produced in Nigeria was smuggled. He explained
that the reason imported rice is poisonous is because before it comes
into the country, it must have spent a minimum of five years in the


” A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness
and that chemical is harmful. It has been re-bagged with a new date
given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume
here which causes diseases. So, I appeal to Nigerians to please
patronise our own rice, it is available, more nutritious and if you do
that you will assist Customs by making sure these people are put out of
business”, he said

He added that if Nigerians stop buying the
imported rice, smugglers will go out of business and there will be no
need to bring it in.


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