Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, has disclosed the border closure was hinged to the fact that most of the foreign rice brought into Nigeria had expired and re-packaged for sale to Nigerians.
He said this while speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Onne, Rivers State.
Ibrahim said the already expired rice is unknown to consumers because it had been polished and its bag changed.
He said that the responsibilities are saddled on them to reach out to Nigerians through the press to make them know the deadly effects of what they are consuming.
He said, “We are consuming expired rice. When it causes cancer, we begin to find who to blame.
“We are consuming expired rice. They polish and re-bag rice for unsuspecting consumers to eat.
“We must reach out to Nigerians through the press to make them know the deadly effects of what they consume.”
Ali also said that the closure of the nation’s border would attract long term gains, which requires Nigerians to make sacrifices.