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Hameed Ali should Resign – Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has called for the resignation of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd).

The Senate is also asking the Customs CG to cancel the retrospective policy on duties for vehicles.

The senators said on Wednesday that Ali was not fit to hold any public office.

The Senate made this declaration after the Customs CG failed to appear before the Senate on Wednesday.

The clerk of the Senate had read a letter from the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, advising the Senate to step down the matter of the invitation of the Customs CG.

The clerk explained that the AGF said that the matter was in court and deliberating on it would be subjudice.

The letter elicited strong reactions from lawmakers who accused the AGF of incompetence and flaming division between the National Assembly and the Presidency.

The Customs CG had earlier said that he will not appear before the Senate until court ruling.

The development, followed a suit filed by an Abuja based lawyer, Mohammed Ibrahim, seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the National Assembly from compelling the CG to wear uniform in performance of his duties.

Ali, who acknowledged receipt of the court summons, told a news conference that the Attorney-General who is a co-defendant in the suit, has written to the National Assembly advising lawmakers to maintain the status quo, pending the outcome of the suit.

“Based on the summons before the court, all matters relating to the issue are now subjudice so status quo is ‘anti’ which means I will not appear until the court makes a pronouncement therefore the situation remains as it is.”

The CG had been summoned to defend the payment of retroactive duties by motorists whose vehicles have no genuine import duties.

Although he eventually appeared before the Senate on March 16, he made good on his word of not appearing in his uniform.

The Senate, however, refused to engage him and fixed another date (March 22), for him to appear as required; failure to which the Senate leadership might be forced to issue an arrest warrant as initially threatened.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

11 Comments

  1. blackbeatle

    March 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    noted..i pray the same force the used to tackle Ali will be used to fight for better conditions for the suffering masses because i notice that Nass is always embroiled in one frivolous fight to another…

  2. Obi

    March 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    i am proud of the Nigerian Senate .

    • Ethio

      March 23, 2017 at 5:52 am

      @obi Really?

  3. Ibeh happiness

    March 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Please… Let them all resign… Holding public offices and still not functioning…. Still waiting for the court to rule fairly… (117)

  4. BB

    March 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    @Obi, how???

  5. Mordi Antoinette

    March 22, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Nawa o(145)

  6. Ify

    March 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    who told these clowns they can “order” a member of the executive branch to resign. Their job is to pass laws and provide legislative oversight

  7. Obi

    March 23, 2017 at 12:54 am

    @BB – Its a good thing they are proposing he cancels the messed up ”duties” thing he brought. Its such a stupid order and it shd be cancelled asap.

  8. Tee

    March 23, 2017 at 1:57 am

    @obi, who are the people saying he should resign? Are they worthy? Like really, coming from Pharaoh Saraki and his chariots. The senate should be scrapped already. Saraki, your days are numbered cos you’re not God. Kilode, se wo nikan ni. Enough is enough.

    • samira

      March 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Did Saraki spurn your advances? Abi kilode? It’s pretty psychopathic to call God and spout obsessional bile at the same time, like some deranged Scripture Unionite. Senate is well within their constitutional remit of oversight to sanction that geriatric Hamid Ali’s insubordination as well as curbing the idiotic lawlessness of unauthorised retrospective policy imposition. If Hamid Ali can sit daily on a chair emblazoned with Customs insignia, he can wear customs uniform. It’s called esprit de corps in civilised climes.

  9. Beard gang

    March 23, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Wawu! Somebody is proud of the Nigerian senate?! You should be proud of boko boys too na

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