Ebonyi Seals Abakaliki Rice Mill Over Alleged Poison

Ebonyi State has sealed the Abakaliki Rice Mill

Limited over the alleged infiltration of poisoned and adulterated rice

into the mill.

The Governor’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on

Internal Security, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, who announced the state government’s decision at a

news briefing, said that the closure was with immediate effect.

Ugbala noted that the state Executive Council had received the

news of the poisoned and adulterated rice with shock and deliberated

extensively on it to save lives of citizens.

“The Exco subsequently directed the concerned Ministries, Departments

and Agencies (MDAs) of health, agriculture, commerce and industry and

internal security to seal the rice mill for full investigations to be

carried out.

“The Ministry of Environment, which firstly received the report,

informed us that the products are not fit for human consumption.

“The primary aim of every government is to protect the lives of its

citizens as we want to prevent unsuspecting citizens from purchasing

such products,” he said.

Commenting further on the situation, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, State’s

Commissioner for Information and Orientation, noted that the

government did not know the source from which the products infiltrated

the market and the type of poison involved.

“We do not know whether they are rat or other type of poisons but the

commissioner for environment quickly dispatched a team to the mill on

receiving the news of the infiltration.

“The team confiscated some samples of the product and they had labels

of ‘not fit for human consumption’ boldly written on them.

“We will not go into the semantics of such labels but any responsible

government should take precautionary measures immediately such

development is discovered.

“This government being a responsible one took the normal,

precautionary step to safeguard its people’s lives,” he said.