Nigerian Customs Service have confiscated over 1000 bags of poisonous rice in Ogun State, Thursday.en of the
Acting Comptroller, FoU, Zone A, Hussein Ejibunu, during a press conference said that the bags of parboiled rice came into Cotonou from India.
The bags of rice were smuggled into the country through Benin Republic Ejibunu said.
“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.
Similarly, in December 2016, Nigerian customs confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen.
According to the agency, the fake rice, said to be sticky after being boiled, was intended to be sold during the festive season.
Incidentally, rice is the most popular staple food in Nigeria.