The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service has urged Nigerians to stop eating imported rice.”This rice is poisonous… but today, we are still consuming this rice,” Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali said in a televised news conference.
Without providing any further evidence, Col Ali claimed foreign rice was often re-bagged with new, incorrect expiry dates and chemicals had been added which would make people sick.
He said rice smuggling was an issue the country’s Customs Service had been trying to address for a number of years.
Last month the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria estimated that more than 20 million bags of rice were smuggled into Nigeria between January and March this year.
Co Ali’s strongly-worded warning follows allegations that some Nigerian Customs Service employees colluded with smugglers