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Monday, 19 November 2018

In Imo: Smugglers conceal bags of rice with palm kernel shells

In Imo: Smugglers conceal bags of rice with palm kernel shells

In Imo: 400 bags of foreign parboiled rice, concealed with bags of poultry feeds and palm kernel shell was seized by the officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, Imo State.
The 400bags was carried in a truck with no plate number,
On Saturday, the Customs Area Controller, Mr Kayode Olusemire, stated that the bags of rice were smartly concealed with the items to deceive the officers of the unit at checkpoints.

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“The truck was loaded from the creeks and was intercepted along the Port Harcourt axis. The bags of contraband rice were concealed right round with the bags of palm kernel shells and poultry feeds. They also used them to cover the top so that it would look as if the truck was conveying only bags of palm kernel shells and poultry feeds to the intended destination,” Olusemire explained.

Olusemire complained why the love of Nigerians for foreign rice, when the country’s rice milling factories were producing fresh, affordable and more nutritious rice.

“Parboiled foreign rice is not fresh. It stays up to four to five months or more on the high sea before it is consumed. It is not good to human health considering number of months it stays on the sea and the chemicals used in preserving the grains from getting spoilt,” he stated.

 He therefore advised Nigerians to patronise locally-milled rice, which he added was fresher and the cultivation and processing of which were generating employment and enhancing the nation’s economy.

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