The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, has stated that imported frozen chicken contain chemicals used in preserving dead bodies.
Hameed Ali made this known while addressing men of the NCS in Jigawa State on Wednesday.
In his remark, he stated that the chemicals contained in frozen imported foods are harmful to humans.
He also stressed that the fight against the importation of such foods is equally as important as the fight against Boko Haram.
He said: “ongoing Operation Border Drill is important as the fight against Boko Haram.
“This is because contraband foods such as frozen chickens and rice are harmful to our health.
“Let me tell you if you don’t know, the frozen chickens and turkeys imported contain chemicals that are harmful to our health.
“For instance, these frozen products contain chemicals used in preserving dead bodies, that’s what is used on these contraband frozen food to keep them fresh for your consumption.
“So also the imported rice, as it spent the minimum of five years in stores and you are happy to say I bought Thailand or Indian rice.
“What they usually do is bring them to Cotonou to re-bag and give it new date.
“This rice is harmful because it causes different types of cancer and kidney disease.”
Speaking, the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede, urged the personnel to keep up with their recorded achievement.
“We must sustain the successes we recorded so far in this operation. This is because security is like a puzzle, if you miss a link then you’re in a dilemma.
“So ensure that anybody that wants to enter Nigeria enters through the recognized borders and goes out through same.
“Ensure that people have their document before coming in and going out of the country,” Babandede said.