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Nigerian customs raises alarm over expired tomato paste from Iran in circulation

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has raised an alarm on expired and low-quality tomato paste branded “Shirin Asal my tomato paste”, urrently in circulation across the country.

In a memo to various agencies signed by DCG TM Isa, the NCS said instead of the brix 27-29 recommended, brix 20-22 was allegedly imported into the country by MTV Investment Limited.

The Customs also urged other government agencies to effectively collaborate with it to contain the menace said to be a poison in disguise.

It said: “Consumption of the paste is said to be harmful to human health.

“Consequently, all CACs are directed to put an appropriate mechanism in place to debar entry of the said paste and liaise with relevant agencies to forestall distribution and consumption.”

The IMN is known for its radical and intrepid protests.

However, the recent dimension may not be far away from the Hezbollah’s military expansion from the Middle East to Africa, with Nigeria leading the way.

Sources close to Hezbollah say the organization provided ideological and military training to Nigerian Shiites inside Lebanon.

Nigerians were spotted in Dahieh, a predominantly Shiite suburb south of Beirut where Hezbollah runs a cultural centre.

According to sources, they received “training courses” at this centre.

“The training is limited to a few numbers of people but it is growing steadily,” one source confirmed, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“The Shiite Nigerians initially receive a religious training before a military one that is provided in two camps in the Lebanese Bekaa,” he noted.

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