Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.)
Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.)

HAMEED ALI, comptroller-general
of the Nigerian Customs Service,
says he cannot appear before the
senate on Wednesday because the
day coincides “with the fortnightly
meeting of the NCS management”.
Ali was summoned by the senate
to appear before it on Wednesday
over the customs’ plan to collect
duty on vehicles that had already
been imported into the country.
The lawmakers had also said the
comptroller-general must appear
before them in uniform.
But at the plenary on Tuesday, Ali
in a letter to the senate pleaded for
another date.
“I’m directed to acknowledge
the receipt of your letter no NASS/
CS/8S/09/29 of 9th March 2017
on the above subject matter. I have
been further directed to tell you that
the date given to the comptrollergeneral
of the Nigerian Customs
Service Wednesday 15th March
2017 to brief the senate in plenary
on the retrospective duty payment
of vehicles in Nigeria has coincided
with the fortnightly meeting of the
NCS management,” read the letter
signed by Azawoma A, an assistant
comptroller-general.
Why I can’t appear before you today,
Hameed Ali tells Senate
“The comptroller-general is
humbly requesting the new date
from the distinguished senate, as
we wait your favourable response
please be assured of the highest
regards and also of the comptrollergeneral
of customs.”
Speaking after the letter was
read, Ahmed Lawan, senate leader,
said Ali failed to show respect to
the senate by not signing the letterhimself.
“I’m eager to make to observations
here from the letter read by the clerk.
First, the excuse for not appearing
tomorrow is because it coincided
with routine fortnightly meeting of
management of the NCS. That does
not take precedence on the invitation
of the senate,” Lawan said.
“Secondly, the letter was signed by
someone else not the CG of customs.
My opinion is that a letter coming
to the senate from the customs
especially an invitation was written
for the customs CG to appear here
who should have taken personal
interest and signed it. That will have
given in my judgement some sense
of respect for the institution not for
us.”
He said the senate should oblige
Ali and grant the extension to show
“that we are different”.
On his part, James Manager,
senator representing Delta south,
said the comptroller-general must
appear on Wednesday.
Bukola Saraki, senate president,
in the same vein maintained that
Ali must come before the upper
legislative chamber on the day given
to him.
Hameed Ali


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