Nigerians Should Avoid Foreign Rice, It is Poisonous, Causes Cancer -Customs FOU ‘A’

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Ag. Controller,,FOU 'A'., Hussein Ejibunu
  • Loses 4 Officers In 9 Months to Smugglers’ Attack

Shola Fadeyi

  The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit Zone A, which intervention and enforcement roles   cover land and sea in Lagos and Ogun States ,  has warned Nigerians, against the danger of consuming foreign rice, on the grounds that the product is poisonous.  

     The Acting Controller of the FOU , Zone A , Deputy Comptroller    Hussein Ejibunu issued the warning, when the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers (LOMEP) paid him a  visit  at his office in Lagos yesterday.             

                Ejibunu disclosed that  Nigerians should steer clear of foreign rice for the fact that it is not fit for human     consumption , while it has proved to be a contributory cause of cancer  and other diseases.             

         He said people  should rather cultivate the habit of patronising locally produced rice, which , according to him,  is of high quality  and fit for human  consumption. The Controller said  consuming locally produced rice would grow the economy , check the rate of unemployment and assist the producers of the commodity  to further develop  their trade.                

       When reminded that the quantity of local rice produced in the country can hardly satisfy local demands, he stated that it is not an excuse for people to be eating foreign rice that is injurious to their health , pointing   out that the local producers would meet up with demands , when they receive more patronage to produce.

 He said    apart from the fact that    most of the foreign rice imported into Nigeria are not even consumed  in Asian countries, where theyare produced .  the fact that they have passed their shelf  lives before they get to the country, makes them to be bad , smelly and poisonous.                 

    It would be recalled that the Customs through its Comptroller General, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd)  has been very consistent  in advising people against  consumption of foreign rice.

He said a large part of the seizures that have been made by the FOU A , which  comprises imported rice, fuel export  and to a certain extent, frozen products.

Ejibunu said , he has  interacted variously with the traditional rulers in the towns and border villages, with a view for them to educating  their citizenry on the dangers of smuggling and the need for them to cease attacking the FOU A officers.               

He  disclosed that  one of the greatest  challenges  of  the FOU A has been the unprovoked attack and killing of his officers by smugglers, a development to which he said the Unit has lost four officers in nine months  of his being the Acting Controller. 

  The Ag, Controller sought the support of the LOMEP to educate the public on the sacrifice the customs and it officers are making, to protect the economy and check loss of revenue by government.       

             He attributed the successes  of the FOU A since his assumption of office to  the constant  and unprecedented logistic  support of the Customs Comptroller General  , adding that this has been demonstrated by the fact that the FOU A got 21 patrol vehicles in four months and an ambulance recently from the  Customs headquarters.

The President of LOMEP had earlier commended the Acting Controller for the series of seizures which the FOU A has been making since he  mounted the saddle , adding that the visit of the association was meant for collaboration with  him , to enhance the Unit’s performance.