Customs seized 12 trucks of imported poisonous rice

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Over 1,000 bags of foreign parboiled rice in seized imported 12 trucks of the product from India contain a toxic malleable metallic element, according to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) (lead).

The acting Comptroller, Hussein Ejibunu, told journalists in Lagos yesterday that a truckload of rice totaling 7, 259 bags was smuggled into the country through the Republic of Benin.

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According to him, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) conducted a laboratory test after the seizure, which revealed that over 1,000 bags labelled “SIMBA” contained lead, rendering them poisonous to humans.

He claims that part of the negative economic impact of importing foreign rice into the country is that some of it is unfit for human consumption.

Consumers should avoid buying foreign parboiled rice, according to Ejibunu.

Other items seized by the unit include 55,800 litres of PMS, 73 bales of used clothing, 82 units of used refrigerators, 104 compressors, 143 bales of new textile, and 1,264 used tyres, according to him. 156 cartons of frozen poultry, 7,960 pairs of new shoes, 240 pieces of ladies purses, 93 cartons of tin tomato, 11 pieces of used rugs, and two units of foreign used vehicles worth N533 million are among the other items.

“Apart from policies aimed at protecting the domestic economy from foreign competitors, the government prohibits goods such as used clothes, used refrigerators/compressors, and used tyres, among other unhealthy items.” As a result, Nigerians are urged to familiarise themselves with the import prohibition list in order to comply with it, as well as to cooperate with the Service in order to protect our country,” he stated.

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Twelve suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures and various customs offences, according to Ejibunu.

Following a series of meticulous checks on some initially-cleared cargoes, demand notices were raised to N111 million, which the Federal Government collected as revenue.

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