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State House Intelligence Unit Reveals SAAD Group Supplies ‘Killer Rice’ To Police & The Public

State House Intelligence Unit Reveals SAAD Group Supplies ‘Killer Rice’ To Police & The Public

Saad Group, the Lebanese owned company in charge of supplying rice to the Sierra Leone Police is said to be selling adulterated and sub-standard rice which has now been linked to the many untimely and unnatural deaths of citizens particularly members of the Sierra Leone Police Force all to the knowledge of State House.

 This was discovered through a State House Intelligence Unit led investigation carried out on the company’s rice that is being supplied to the Sierra Leone Police in particular and the citizenry in general.

According to the State House Intelligence Unit in its report submitted to the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis dated 12th November,2019 for action by Bernard Tarawally, the head of the said unit captioned ‘’ Ref: Rogue Lebanese Rice trader selling adulterated and therefore,. Sub-standard rice, to SLP. Deaths associated of SLP personnel with supplied rice’’, the incidence of unnatural death within the SLP – over 20 unexplained deaths recently cannot be unconnected to a toxicological complexity whose origin may be in the rice supplied to them by a Lebanese company which does not according to findings, adhere to proper edible rice standards and those of the  ISO 7301 rice standard for rice quality citing the inadequate storage of the rice, its haphazard transportation and more importantly its all flawed grading as ‘edible’ rice.

The State House Intelligence Unit’s report furthered that that presence of mould including aflatoxin spores, the mixture of foreign substances including a mixture of weevils (Sitophilus Oryzae), grain eating beetles and other infestations in the supplied rice bags to the SLP amongst other agencies supplied could all be part of the causes of the many unnatural and untimely deaths of members of the Sierra Leone Police Force and ordinary citizens as a whole who consume the company’s rice.

The report also likened the actual quality of the rice to animal feed – which in other words only fits for pigs adding that the husk content on the supplied rice merits a thorough cleaning, de-husking and vermin removal from the rice before contemplating trying to cook the supply to feed SLP personnel, their family and children.

The mould present in the bags – which without instruments, according to the report, can be smelled and seen – is of a mycotoxigenic  aflatoxin variety that in the short to long term, can kill

Of more worrisome to this writer and many citizens is the fact despite the above grave revelations regarding the rice supplied by Saad Group, the Chief Minister who is said to have directly received the report and the other authorities concerned are seen to have done little or nothing at all to bring the company to book for the atrocities it has been committing against the people of Sierra Leone.

This deliberate refusal in bringing the culprit to book, many believe, is a clear case of compromise on the part of the Chief Minister and other authorities concerned who a spokesman for Saad Group have accused of  secretly settling the matter with through bribery.

As at press time the Chief Minister could not be reached for comments as whatsaap and sms messages sent to him by this writer for clarification remain unattended to.

Speaking on behalf of Saad Group, one Mr. Osman who is believed to be the Stores Manager of the company told me on phone that indeed the allegations were true but that his bosses had already settled scores with the authorities at State House and hence there is nothing more they can do as far as they concerned.    

More to come on this story in subsequent edition

By Ibrahim Alusine

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