This news medium understands that Hammed gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja during a news conference.
According to him, the Federal Government has not issued an importation license for rice as those in the markets are smuggled.
“A chemical must have been added to sustain its freshness and that chemical is harmful,” he said.
“It has been re-bagged with a new date given as the production and expiry dates, and that is what we consume here which causes diseases.
“So, I appeal to Nigerians to please patronise our own rice, it is available, more nutritious and if you do that you will assist Customs by making sure these people are put out of business.”