Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, intercepts over 1000 bags of foreign parboiled rice smuggled into Nigeria.
Written by News Room on May 7, 2022
Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, have intercepted over 1000 bags of foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country through the Benin Republic border, that contained led which is poisonous to human health.
The Acting Comptroller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, stated this during a briefing on Thursday.
Ejibunu said the rice with label production from India came in through the Benin land border.
According to him, before further action, the consumables are tested by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and confirmed to contained lead which he said is poisonous to human health.
He said after seizing the smuggled rice, NAFDAC was called to conduct laboratory analysis after which it confirmed that the rice produced in India named SIMBA, consists of Led substances that is poisonous to the body”.
Mister Ejibunu Further warned Nigerians to desist from buying any imported rice, saying no smuggled items will escape through the borders in the southwest under his watch.