Colonel Hameed Ali: Senate expresses frustration, ask him to resign

*Sends prayers to Presidency

Upon the failure of Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), the Customs Comptroller General, to appear before her Wednesday, the Senate has called on him to resign his appointment saying he is not fit to hold the position.

This call was part of the prayers adopted by the Senate on non-appearance  of Customs boss.

Other sections of the prayer are that the Nigeria Customs Service is urged to cancel the retroactive policy on duties collection immediately. Duties should only be collected at the point of entry.

Senate however condemned the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) for trying to stop Senate from performing its constitutional duties.

That the Senate do hereby declare the Comptroller General, Hameed Ali, as unfit to hold public office. Calls for his resignation from office.

That a letter containing all resolutions attached should be written to the presidency.

That the resolutions be sent to House of Representatives for concurrence so as to ensure it will be a National Assembly decision.

The Customs boss told reporters on Tuesday that his decision not to appear was based on legal advice after a Nigerian filed a case in court seeking the interpretation of a Customs law on uniform for the Comptroller-General.

The Senate on Wednesday rejected the letter by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, asking the lawmakers to suspend discussion on Mr. Ali.

Mr. Malami’s letter was read by the Clerk to the Senate at the plenary on Wednesday, just as the lawmakers dissolved into committee of the whole to receive briefing from Mr. Ali.

Mr. Ali and the lawmakers have been at loggerheads over a Customs policy on retrospective payment of customs duty on vehicles.

Neither the Comptroller General nor the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is yet to respond to the latest reaction from the Senate. It is clear though that by the tone of the prayers, the Senate felt frustrated and defeated.

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