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Senators Can’t Compel Customs Boss Ali To Wear Uniform – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has stated categorically that Senate lacks the power to compel Hameed Ali to wear Customs uniform.

Falana said there was no law stipulating that the Comptroller-General of Customs must wear the Nigerian Custom Service’s uniform.

He added that, although Ali was the Comptroller-General of Customs, the retired military officer was not a member of the service.

Speaking with Punch, Falana said, “With respect to the customs service, its officers are required to wear uniforms. But since the CGC is not a serving customs officer the senate lacks the vires to force him to wear any uniform.

“The suit challenging the legal validity of Col. Hameed Ali’s appointment has been dismissed on the ground that the President has the power to appoint a non-customs officer to head the customs service. Since the court has held that he is not a customs officer, Col. Ali cannot be made to wear any uniform.

I challenge the Senate to refer to any law that supports the wearing of uniform by the head of customs service, who is not a serving customs officer.”

Falana added that customs officers are not being made to wear uniforms in other countries including South Africa.

He said, “In many countries, including South Africa, customs officers do not wear uniforms.

“In Nigeria they wear uniforms because under the defunct military junta security agencies claimed that they were either military or paramilitary forces. It was part of the intimidation of the civilian population.”

25 comments:

  1. In Nigeria it is a must that you wear your uniform.

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  2. I agree with the learned SAN '101%'. Our 'Distinguished' or is it EXTINGUISHED Senators have no focus. Not striving at ensuring good governance and better life for the citizenry, they have preoccupied themselves with mundane things which bears no direct benefits to the people they claim to represent. They add no positive value to democracy. They only care about themselves and close allies.

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  3. Col Ali is just been arrogant & stubborn jare

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  4. Oladimeji Seun18 March, 2017 16:18

    I believe something is behind this wearing of uniform matter. but the senate need to settle the issue amicably.

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  5. Lawmakers that are law breakers

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  6. Hassan Aderemi18 March, 2017 17:55

    The legal luminary have spoken. Gbam!

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  7. Instead of talking what is good and benefits a whole law makers, I stop there.

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  8. I totally agree with him

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  9. What is wrong in wearing the uniform. Why escalate the issue

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  10. They are some of arrogant people comment and insult cal. Ali, Sir dont mind them the majority of people in National Assembly there are no passing education, education pass true them selfish people most especially (malaye) the Nigerian low maker will have today are low breaker there are no fight the interest of a people there are fight 4our own pocket furthermore in Nigerian 1999 federal republic constitution tell me any sections that said the Comp,gereral of customs to wear uniform all of them there are political jarbar-work.

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  11. What is with dis wearing of uniform saga? I tire oooo

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  12. Although their is no part of constitution that stipulated that he should be appearing on uniform, but he should be abided with the directive of the distinquished senators, he should show respect and obedient by wearing his uniform. And secondly as a retired conel, no law inhibit him from wearing another paramilitary uniform .

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  13. Nonsense! Look at what Falana is saying. Just imagine. If his boys can wear uniform, he should wear uniform too. He should lead by example. If he can't wear unifor, he should be shown the way out. He is mannerless.

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  14. What Falana is saying is that the man is not in their system he was only appointed if not kukuma give him fresh appointment letter including monthly pension benefits and other getting after he lives office na uniform be your problem when people are hungry nawa for you o senators.

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  15. There m at be already made laws for everything... But what is right should be done. Ali is too stubborn and looking down on Senate

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  16. Hay Ali don't wear anything let me see those who.

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  17. Wuh's wiv d long drag..

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