Boko Haram: Buhari orders Nigeria Customs to distribute seized rice, others to displaced persons

Bags of rice

President Muhammudu Buhari has directed the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, to transfer relief items in various customs warehouses to designated officials for onward distribution to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Wale Adeniyi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.

According to Mr. Adeniyi, the Comptroller General has set up a national committee that would coordinate and manage the movement and the transfer of seized relief items to give effect to the President’s directive.

He said the relief items currently in government warehouses for distribution to the IDPs included goods that had been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“It is important to stress that these items are only those that have been condemned properly in the competent court of law and have been forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“They include food items like rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and essential items like soap, used clothing materials, mosquito nets, beddings and others,’’ he said.

Mr. Adeniyi said that members of the committee were drawn from Customs Service, Army, Air Force, Police, Immigration Service and the EFCC.

According to him, the customs boss also included some NGOs, civil society organisations and the media to give the committee a measure of transparency and credibility.

He said that customs had taken an initial step to determine the locations of the IDP camps.

He said that the service had thought that IDPs camps were only in Borno and Adamawa states, but discovered that there were over 20 of such camps.

However, he said that the distribution of relief items to the IDPs would slightly be different from the previous ones the service had done.

“This time around, our targets are not the IDPs camps; our targets are the IDPs themselves who are in these camps.”

He said that the service would go beyond the IDPs camps to communities and villages where Nigerians had been displaced.

Mr. Adeniyi said that the service learnt that some of the IDPs were returning to their communities and these IDPs also lacked the essential relief items.

“We expect that the exercise will take a period of about eight weeks and the trip will start very soon.

“The exercise is going to be slightly different from what we have been doing before because we want these things to end up directly with the end users.

“We are going to be working with state governments, community leaders and other relief agencies to ensure that these items get to the IDPs in a secure and transparent manner,” Mr. Adeniyi assured.

Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged north-eastern Nigeria.



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  • smart G

    This is very serious.
    Even this information should be coded for security reasons.
    This action is in itself immoral and akin to harvesting the organs of killed prisoners

    • Abiboss

      You ain’t smart. Do you have to open your mouth all the time like Fayose?

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      We said this to somebody once before and promised ourself not to say it again. In your case, we will make an exception.
      May Ojukwu shit in your fathers mouth! id10t!

    • whales1212

      It is not bruv,this is common sense.

  • persona

    Finally some common sense prevails.
    Everyday, its either items are deemed smuggled and next is destroyed when there are hungry people all over the country.
    Such should be extended to indigents in the society, they should be given these items and it will ultimately discourage smuggling.

    • whales1212

      Don’t you think that to some extent, we’ve got a president who reads newspaper himself. People argued about this and he’s imbibed the common sense.

      • Fuzio

        He reads newspapers, that is why he is still referring to Germany as ‘West Germany’ or making reference to non existent Deutsch Mark as the German currency. Sai Buhari

  • B. Messi

    A good gesture.
    However, there are impoverished Nigerians nation wide.
    Most of the items could go to the BH IDP’s, but It should go round!

    Unless this is; “I belong to NO ONE but belong to the 97%”. . being fulfilled thru the back door…

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      Of course there are needy people all over the world. Nigeria hyas it’s fair share of needy people bu we are talking about IDP. Internally displaced people have even less that needy people!

      More often than not, they own only the shirts on their backs because they were forced away from their homes by the fear of death….and they are congregated in places foreign to them.
      They may not even now what grows in their new area, and even if they did, they can’t rely on their farming skills to feed themselves. Food as you may be aware of takes tie to grow…and by the time to harvest the food, they will all be dead.

      Stop being irrational and insensitive.

      • eclub


        Sensitivity is the best cure, and perhaps an antidote, for insensitivity.

        If you want B. Messi to be less insensitive, try to STOP being so wicked and biased in your approach on this forum.

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          Our supposed reply to B. Messi was actually not for him or her.

          With regards to being wicked (if that is what you think we are) , a leopard can not change its blah blah blah. While we apologize to those we unjustly unleashed our vitriol upon, we remain steadfast in our resolve. We do not and will not suffer fools.

  • Akatikpo

    Buhari is sharing the goods seized from hard working Igbo men to feed his self inflicted Boko haram parasites. This is the beginning of 97%/5% policy. We are watching.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      hard working Igbo men trying to smuggle food in or out of the country?

      Just being hard working does not mean anything because you can be a hard
      working thief, hard working armed rubber, hard working murderer, etc.
      ….and if your goods are seized by customs….we can guarantee you that you are
      not a hard working saint!

      Do you even think before writing? Get away from here before we loose our temper! Id1ot!

      • eclub

        Last week, a guy wrote an article about 3 types of corruption:

        1. Corruption of greed: the one that Buhari is purportedly fighting, which is greedy government officials stealing money from Nigerians. This type of greed is endemic in all societies around the world; and can be curtailed by serious legislation, and certain punishment, but also can be reduced by reducing type 2 and 3 following below;

        2. Corruption of need: this is the one that is caused by government not making processes easy for citizens, such as infrastructure, easy licensing an fairness. As you alluded to the Igbos smuggling stuff, whether the stereotype is true or false, that can be reduced by granting the Igbos a fair amount of leeway to do their importation so it’s easier to get licensed than to smuggle, give them the same deal that is granted the Dangotes of this world.

        3. Then there’s the corruption of the mind, such as the one you and Tundemash are suffering from.

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          Oh dearest God, please prevent imbeciles from even seeing our comments, talk less of replyng.

          Sir,What we wrote is up there in black and white. Go read it again and tell us where we alluded or even inferred that Igbos are smuggling stuff.

          Some Igbo moron claimed “Buhari is sharing the goods seized from hard working Igbo men”

          Our reply was simple, unemotional and factual. We pointed out the flaw in the morons comment by educating him about what his comment implied. We essentially informed him that ‘Hard working’ is not equal to ‘good.’!

          At no point in time did we make any assertions with regards to Igbo sand smuggling.
          That assertion came directly from you!
          After you have recognized your error, don’t apologize to us. Just stay the f*ck away from us and our comments. We have had enough and do not want to continue to suffer fools!

      • Akatikpo

        The biggest smugglers are Hausas through land borders. That was why the first act of the fundamentalist Custom boss was to legalize importation of rice through land borders. He is doing that to empower his people. We know how you release goods seized from your brothers through the back door while sharing the ones seized from the Igbos to Boko haram renegades. Gerrarahere! Bigoted blood thirsty vampire

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          …..another example of your thoughtlessness.
          You started with saying “Buhari is sharing the goods seized from hard working Igbo men”.

          In your next comment, you claim “The biggest smugglers are Hausas through land borders”

          Add those two comments together and witness your asininity!

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Follow Nigeria’s laws and your rice, yam, and goat shall be yours.

  • whales1212

    Common sense. Better than burning it or allowing custom to keep watching them until they’re tempted to steal.

  • Ikechukwu Okeke

    Buhari is sharing the goods seized from hard working Igbo men to feed
    his self inflicted Boko haram parasites. This is the beginning of 97%/5%
    policy. On Biafra we stand, only time will tell. Buhari better give way for your VP Osibanjo….

    • PolyGon2013

      Yes, the rice that were imported have igbo written all over them. Hence the reason Buhari distributed it to the needy.

      • Fuzio

        Robin Hood president. Only in Nigeria. This is the best way to build a united country. Robbing from one group and distributing to another. Sai Buhari.

        • PolyGon2013

          Don’t import rice or any product illegally to Nigeria. PMB has just warned you. Nigeria should not be importing rice period.

    • Ayuze

      Okeke, on Biafraud and criminality you stand, and on your own. Hard working Igbo men should learn how to use their hard work in legitimate ways, not in, smuggling rise,cannabis,motor vehicles. They must also not define hard work as oil bunkering and kidnapping. I will strongly advise they invest their energy in manufacturing, but not fake product but genuine ones that the country can benefit from and whenever they start their Biafraud, they can now learn to learn how to earn money legitimately and shun all forms of criminality.

      • Tanko Maihula

        good one.

      • blackdove

        Good advise, but don’t waste your breath because there are die hard kidnappers, baby factory owners, expired drug sellers, drug pushers, armed robbers and 419ers on this forum.

        • Fuzio

          You mean the baby factory in Ondo state? Google “Baby factory uncovered in Ondo state, 24 arrested”

      • Fuzio

        When they are finished confiscating and sharing things gotten from the Igbos, the very next group will be the Yorubas. Don’t expect them to stop at the Igbos. This is no way to run a country. The ‘president’ playing the role of Robin Hood is only going to accelerate the pace of the inevitable disintegration.


        How many times have Igbos asked to be allowed to design and produce weapons for export yet they still import common bullets.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      better shut your mouth before Buhari confiscate all accounts owned by Igbos and distribute the funds to Boko Haram.

      • I did It 4 Love.

        lol hahaha black poi.

      • Fuzio

        I see that as the next step, joke apart. The rice will soon run out and they have to look for the next thing to confiscate and share.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Muhammadu Buhari,s order is more people oriented as those seized rice and other goods by the Nigerian Custom and Exercise to be distributed to the needy or sold to the public without any conditions attached.Because,the top Custom officers are the brains behind the sales of those seized goods including large quantity of rice and other imported goods seized from whoever within Nigerian boarders..

    • eclub

      Two points:

      1. The president should seek authority to make it a permanent law that such seized, abandoned items, and excess stuff, after going proper judicial processes should go to such displaced people, or the needy; it shouldn’t be done by order from the president each time; it’s a good idea, but it should be institutionalized as government policy.

      2. The president should understand that his ministers are high ranking government officials, who are there to implement his policies,if they do good, or bad, he gets the credit. This announcement should be made by a minister, or cabinet level. Dictatorial, one man show, and orders is passe.

      He should be more legitimate and respected as a democrat this time, than a despot of 1983. I don’t think he believes that.

      • Shugaba Nkasa

        Your comment is completely unnecessary and nonsensical.
        Research your subject matter before opening your mouth.

        How the hell do you think customs can seize goods if it is not covered by the law.

        In your bid to sound intellectual, you have done the exact opposite.


        The project is ill-conceived,it is a one-way traffic…..confiscate in the south,distribute in the north !!

        If you think any item confiscated in the north will come down south,you are dreaming !! This Dictator has a one-track mind and IT IS ALL ABOUT THE NORTH !!

        • Shawn

          Mumu NA south south dem confiscate am ? No be south west ? Wetin concern you , thank god ur cursed oil is of no value anymore we can have relief from “NA our oyel” syndrome.. Ewu

        • Man_Enough

          I’m sure you prefer them to be burnt while there are those in need. shit and drive the flies from perching.


            The rice should be distributed to the region it was confiscated from.

          • Man_Enough

            You mean it should be returned to the criminals.

  • Gbenga Olu

    Even seized vehicles should be distributed to the Northern IDPs! Everything about this government is North, North and North. No sectional leader stabilizes the economy of a nation! Even if this year’s budget is spent on the Northerners it cannot take away their inherent laziness and natural poverty.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      what are you saying? Even seized vehicles should be distributed to the Northern IDPs?
      Of course yes! Most especially vehicles because it will enhance their ability to escape the next Boko Haram attack.

      With that said,can we trouble you to make a small donation? Nothing outrageous,,,,we just need the funds to teach IDP’s how to drive. Thank you in advance.

    • Luash

      Gbam then we know he doing something or even better share cars like someone suggested or worse still and ok it’s gets better small donations for driving school . I heard they went for world energy summit but no ENERGY in NIGERIA so they went for what now wasting tax payers money on endless no benefit trip like to listen to other talk on improving their countries. Iran Has just rejoined the oil business meaning more reduction in oil money,bone would have expected people to be planning and reserving new novel ideas for wealth diversity not round the globe hopping like thus lots are doing now for themselves. Nigeria what a shame.

    • Oladapo Sunday

      May we never be displaced in the West. You may never understand.

  • alamau

    None pf these items would reach the IDPs they will all be sold off as auction materials——–Except those who do not know these Rtd Col Ali of a man

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      …probably under Jonathan, you would have been correct. NOT Buhari.
      These criminals are actually watching their own mothers with one eye just to make sure her actions don’t attract Buhari’s gaze or ‘body language’!

      • Luash

        Whatever tell that to who cares


    Confiscating rice from industrious people in the south and redistribute to lazy ones up north. They will eat up the rice and remain poverty stricken. This is pure and applied fascism.

    • morganoboy

      Share the rice.

    • Oladapo Sunday

      rice from thieves

  • Fuzio

    This is classic Robin Hood. Rob from one group and distribute to another. Way to go Buhari. That is the best way to fulfil your unrealistic campaign promises.

    • Oladapo Sunday

      do these in 2019