Customs Seizes 12 Trucks of Imported Rice Not Fit for Human Consumption

Customs Seizes 12 Trucks of Imported Rice Not Fit for Human Consumption

  • The Nigerian Customs Service of the Zone A Federal Unit A has said it has seized about 12 truckloads of poisonous rice
  • The Service said about 12 persons have been arrested for the importation of the rice and other contraband items
  • The Customs Area Controller, Hussein Ejebunu said lab analysis confirmed that the seized rice contains lead and plastic where are not fit for human consumption

The Zone A Federal Unit of Nigeria Customs Service announced it has intercepted and seized about 7,259 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, an equivalent of 12 trucks in April 2022.

According to the Service, 12 suspects have been arrested by the unit in connection with the seizure of different contrabands and other items.

Imported rice, Nigeria Customs Service, Poisonous rice
Some personnel of Nigeria Customs Service Credit: NCS
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Speaking with journalists at the Unit on Thursday, April 5, 2022, The Customs Area Controller in charge of the unit, Hussein Ejebunu stated that the bags of rice were found not to be fit for human consumption.

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Suspects arrested for bad rice importation, others

According to Ejebunu, 12 suspects were arrested in connection with some of the items and for committing various customs offences.

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The Punch report said that Ejebunu stated that in accordance with the Nigerian government’s policy which encourages local production of rice against the importation of rice, saying the Unit has seized 7,256 bags of 50kg rice enough to fill 12 truckloads.

Rice contains dangerous elements

He said laboratory analysis confirmed the rice seized previously by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), test parameters which show some contents of lead, a soft heavy toxic plastic metallic element in the tested rice which makes it unfit for human consumption.

Ejebunu warned Nigerians to be mindful of some imported foreign bags of rice, noting that they were not unhealthy for human consumption.

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Recall that reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has warned the general public against the activities of internet fraudsters running fake recruitment and auctions.

The NCS in a statement released by its spokesman, Joseph Attah, and sighted by said its attention has been drawn to the proliferation of fake social media accounts impersonating senior customs officers to publicise fake auctions and recruitment exercise.

The statement noted that the miscreants behind the illegal activities are now using false testimonies by supposed beneficiaries of the auctions thanking senior customs officers for their alleged facilitation, PR Nigeria also reported.


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