CUSTOMS SEIZES OVER 1,000 BAGS OF ‘POISONOUS’ RICE IN OGUN

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The Nigeria Customs Service says it intercepted over 1,000 bags of “poisonous rice” in Ogun State. 

The Acting Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu, who disclosed this on Thursday in a press briefing, said the parboiled rice was produced in India smuggled into the country through the Benin Republic.

“After seizing the smuggled rice, we called NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) to conduct laboratory analysis and it was gathered that the rice named SIMBA which consists of led substances that is poisonous to the body was produced in India,” Ejibunu said.

He said the unit similarly confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen.

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