Ebonyi rice: Contractor alleges threat to life

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An internally generated revenue contractor at the Abakaliki Rice Mill, Nwabueze Ununu, on Monday, raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life.

The mill had hitherto been riddled with divergent issues, and The PUNCH, gathered that fresh crisis had erupted at the rice industry on Monday, over who oversees sales of bags used in packaging processed rice at the mill.

It was further learnt that the new leadership of the industry recently banned individuals from selling the rice bags to buyers and had announced that only it (leadership) and the union would superintend over the sales.

According to him, the new leadership of the rice mill unlawfully removed him as its IGR-collector and replaced him with unauthorised persons, when according to him, he had remitted N1.3m monthly into the state government’s account as specified by the contract terms (paper).

The new Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Abakau Rice Mill, Samuel Ogodo, dismissed attacks on Ununu, and claimed Ununu was the one who, rather attacked him.

“Nobody attacked Ununu; he was the one that attacked me when I was going round the mill sensitising the millers and workers about new development in the industry that bordered on sales of rice bags which did not go down well with Ununu ,” he said.

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