Senate declares Customs boss Hameed Ali unfit to hold public office, asks him to resign

The Senate, on Wednesday, declared the embattled Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), unfit to hold any public office.

It also called for his resignation and cancellation of the retrospective policy on duties for vehicles. The Senate made the declaration after the Customs CG failed to appear before it.

The clerk of the Senate read a letter from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Alhaji Mohammed Malami, advising the Senate to step down the matter of the invitation of the Customs CG, as the matter is in court and deliberating on it would be sub-judice.

The letter elicited strong reactions from lawmakers, who after a closed-door session, where they brainstormed on the issue, accused the AGF of incompetence and flaming division between the National Assembly and the Presidency.

Ali first angered the lawmakers by refusing to wear his Service uniform and later decided not to appear before them.

•Based on reports by Channels TV and The Guardian.

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