Col. Ali said that imported rice are poisonous and can cause harm when consumed.

He stated this during a news conference organized by the ministry of finance.

The Custom Boss said before a bag of rice reaches the country, it must have been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates.

He added that harmful chemicals are also added to sustain its freshness.

He urged Nigerians to eat the locally made rice and put the foreign rice smugglers out of business.

Ali further stated that the Federal Government is yet to issue license for importation of rice and that any rice seen on the streets that was not produced in Nigeria is smuggled.

“A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful.

“Also, it has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases.

“So, I appeal to Nigerians to please patronise our own rice, it is available, more nutritious and if you do that you will assist customs by making sure these people (smugglers) are put out of business.”