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INFESTED RICE: Customs Should Bury Its Head In Shame, Apologize To Oyo — Kola Balogun

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The senator representing Oyo South senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Muhammed Kola Balogun has disclosed that the Nigerian Customs Service should bury its head in shame and apologize to the Oyo state government.

Balogun, who disclosed this during an interview on Fresh FM COVID-19 situation room program, also revealed that “some APC states are keeping quiet, they don’t want to rock the boat because of party solidarity”.

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He said,” The case of the rice in Oyo State, is not just Oyo State. I think the Nigerian Customs should bury its head in shame and what they should simply do is to admit their faults and apologize to the people of Oyo State.

“I understand that Ondo State is also trying to return the same rice. Some APC states are meeping quiet, they don’t want to rock the boat because of party solidarity and what have you. Look! Most of the seized rice is mainly from the South West and Ibadan is the headquarters of South West, Nigeria anyway.

“So if you are now talking in terms of contributions of these seized consignment, you have most of it from the South West. But then, you have to ask yourself, how much of it is being given to South West? A state the size of Lagos getting 6,000 bags; with Oyo’s population, 1,800 bags, most of which are contaminated.

“Look! How can you give contaminated rice, we are not hearing the same complain from other places, where did they take the rest of the seized consignment to? So, if we are not being treated fairly, we have to speak out. But I think that it is the responsibility of the customs authority to come out in clear times.

“After all, I think I read one of the statements in which they admit that, ‘yes it wasn’t all the rice thatt was contaminated, but some of the rice was contaminated!’. So if you have admitted that you have some contaminated rice, the next logical thing to do is to apologise to people you are giving it to. These are no animals, we are the people of Oyo State.”

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