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COVID-19: Customs rejects 1,800 bags of rice returned by Oyo state, shuts gate on state official

Valentine Chinyem



Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area Command, Ibadan, on Wednesday rejected the bad 1,800 bags of rice returned by the Oyo state government.

The bags of rice were donated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as palliative from the federal government to ease the hardship that might occur from the effect of the lockdown/curfew imposed on several states due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, officials of the Oyo State Government, led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Jacob Ojemuyiwa, were denied entry into the premises of the NIS zonal headquarters in Ibadan.

Recall that on Friday, Dr Debo Akande, a Special Adviser to the Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde, alleged that the rice was not fit for human consumption.

While addressing journalists, the commissioner said, “The state had written a letter to the Nigeria Customs Service indicating that the bags of the weevil-infested rice would be returned.”

He noted that the team would report back to the State Executive Council for necessary steps.

More so, an official of NIS, who under condition of anonymity, cited reasons why the delegate was turned back.

He said, “There is no official letter asking us to receive the rice. When we gave out the rice, we had an official letter directing us from the headquarters.

“How do we receive alleged spoilt rice when we do not have such letter from the headquarters? We await directive from the headquarters whether to receive to not.

“They have not handed over to us, so the rice is outside there at their own risk”