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Senators Angry over Customs Boss Failure to Appear Today

Customs boss Hameed Ali will not appear before the Senate today. Some Senators are insisting that the Comptroller-General should appear “in uniform” to explain the planned enforcement of duty collection on old vehicles.

Ali told reporters in Abuja that he would stay away from the Senate in deference to a court order.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami also wrote to the Senate, urging it to suspend its invitation to the Customs CG because of the court matter.

But the Senate insisted that no court could stop it from carrying out its constitutional duty. A source said the lawmakers might consider issuing a warrant for Col. Ali’s arrest.

Col. Ali said, ”Somebody has sued us. It is subjudice. I have got my writ of summons and they said status quo ante should remain, which means nothing should move until the court makes a pronouncement,” he said, adding: “A private individual sued all of us; he wants an interpretation of the section that is in contention. I don’t want to talk so that I am not held in contempt of court.”

The plantiff is Mohammed Ibrahim, a lawyer.

The originating summons in the suit with the National Assembly and the Attorney General of the Federation as defendants seek, among many other things, a clarification on “whether the appointment of Ali by the President, having been made pursuant to sections 5 and 171 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) can be subjected to the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act or any other law; whether there is any legal provision that prescribes the wearing of uniform as a condition precedent by the 1st defendant (Ali) in view of his appointment under Section 171 of the 1999 Constitution (as emended).

Col. Ali also told some reporters: “Based on the advice from lawyers and briefing from the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice who is also a party in the suit, I won’t be appearing before the Senate tomorrow until the court decides”.

19 comments:

  1. Power tussle abi? make una dey flaunt power go na

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  2. Endless drama..

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  3. toluwase adebayo22 March, 2017 10:53

    The hilarious part is,this man has fully been acting according to the law regarding senate matters but unfortunately,our elected buffoons are acting as if above the same law they claim to be making.

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  4. The Senate are not fighting for the masses, they are fighting for their selfish interest

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  5. no go jare.... Dem senate get uniform????

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  6. no be small thing..wetin senate wan do now

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  7. This is the only government were all the arms of government are not working in harmony peace and tranquility. so many political wishhunt as a result of supremacy and power tussle. It's really regrettably lugubrious.

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  8. This is not our problem the government should fix the economy and stop playing politics with everything. People are dying in silence, depression and suicide everywhere.

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  9. This man should be forced to resign. Abeg. If he can't put on uniform, then everybody working under his watch who puts on uniform is an idiot. He is not leading by example.

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  10. Oladimeji Seun22 March, 2017 16:45

    The court will decide.

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  11. This MAN like trouble. Na wa oo

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  12. Hassan Aderemi22 March, 2017 20:12

    He who come to equity must come with clean hands. Are the Senators qualified with clean hands?

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  13. I don't really understand who's answerable to who in this country again!

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  14. But this man is damn stubborn, am waiting to see where all this will end

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