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Nigerian Customs seize 32 containers of expired rice

Christian Fernsby |
Officials of the Nigerian Customs Service Tuesday impounded 32 containers bearing expired rice imported from Thailand and China in the Tincan Island port, Apapa, Lagos.

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Other items seized by the agency include 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, two containers of used tyres, one container of used clothing. and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs.

The impounded containers had a duty paid value of N2.7 billion.

Hameed Ali, the Controller General of Customs, said the seizures were as a result of the partial border closure.

“One significant finding about this seizure is that all the rice are expired or about to expire,” Mr Ali, a retired army colonel, told journalists in Lagos.

”Also remarkable is the seizure of Tramadol variants and unregistered performance-enhancing drugs among the pharmaceuticals. Recall that in the past, the Service has raised alarm and drew the attention of the general public to the fact that most of the imported rice are expired.

“The service had also in the past, highlighted the dangers of the use of Tramadol and had similarly seized and kick-started the destruction of over N14billion of Tramadol recently”.

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