Hameed Ali: Senate Issues Warrant To Arrest Customs Boss

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The Senate has resolved to issue a warrant of arrest to compel the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ali, to appear before it on Thursday.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN,  the senate unanimously passed the motion at their plenary on Wednesday, issuing a warrant of arrest to compel the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hammed Ali, to appear before it on Thursday.

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This is inspite of another letter written by the Customs CG to the Senate President Bukola Saraki at a meeting which held on Tuesday evening.

In the letter, the Customs boss explained that the retrospective policy on import duties on vehicles has been put on hold and also stated that he is unable to appear before the Senate on Wednesday because he is bereaved.

The Customs CG also stated that he is unable to appear before the Senate on Wednesday because he is bereaved.

He also in the letter addressed the issue of his refusal to wear the Customs uniform as directed by the Senate explaining that he is seeking legal advise on the issue.

He also advised the Senate to also avail itself of the legal basis on its decision to compel him to wear the uniform.

The new letter has obviously angered lawmakers who are accusing the Customs CG of disrespecting the Senate.

A federal lawmaker Senator George Sekibo is asking the Senate to use section 89 to compel the customs CG to appear on tomorrow Thursday. Section 89 refers to issuing an arrest warrant to compel an individual to appear before the Senate.

And the Senate has consequently resolved to compel the Customs CG in line with section 89 of the constitution to appear before it on Thursday.

Senate issue warrant to arrest Hameed Ali

The  Senate’s  order for the Customs CG to appear before it in appropriate uniform followed the uproar that greeted the Customs Service’s directive on duties to be paid on imported vehicles.

BuzzNigeria had reported that the comptroller-general approved one month grace for all Nigerian vehicle owners who have not paid duties to do so or face outright seizure of the vehicles. The customs boss has however suspended the duties.

Unconfirmed reports say the presidency may have waded into the crisis between the Nigerian Customs Service and the Senate to avoid a showdown.

A source in the presidency told This Day that President Buhari has cautioned his appointees to avoid any confrontations with the legislature that would pit it against the executive.

In this regard, the president was said to have directed Ali to honour the Senate’s summons to prevent an escalation of the stand-off between both sides.

Meanwhile, reports just reaching us says streets in Anambra state are currently rocked by protests with aggrieved Nigerians demanding the sack of Hameed Ali.

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The protesters who took over streets in Onitsha , reportedly said the Hameed Ali was tired of his job and needs to go.