Ali may appear before Senate in uniform tomorrow

Posted March 21, 2017

In a statement issued in Abuja over the weekend, Senator Wamako, said Ali can not be above the law or claim to love the country more than legislature which got its mandate from the people. "I would have resigned", Mr. Jemibewon said.

He furthe described Ali, as a fine military man who should not belittle himself with Customs uniform.

"Our locus shall be drawn from section 154 of CEMA Cap C 145 of 2004 as amended, The real issue before NAGAFF is to examine and determine whether Ali is doing his job as directed by president Muhammadu Buhari to reform, restructure and enhance revenue collection functions of the service".

"Even if the law said so I would have resigned".

Bello Haliru had said the moment he was appointed, he became a career customs officer.

When reminded of the above cases, Jemibewon, praised the humility of Bello Haliru and Haladu Hananiya but stood his ground, still.

"The arrogant, stubborn and ugly little monkey called Ali that refuses to wear his uniform before the Senate is insulting the Nigerian people".

"The highest patriotic body in any country in the world is the Army.You don't expect someone who has risen to that position in the Army to wear customs uniform".

The lawyer stressed that the Senate engaged in another illegality when it exceeded its powers by asking the CGC to appear before it in customs uniform. Indeed the oversight power of either house of the National Assembly is not at large but limited by section 88 (2) of the Constitution to enable it to "make laws with respect to any matter within its legislative competence and correct any defects in existing laws and expose corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution or administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriate by it". It is on record that the first 4 heads of the Customs department in Nigeria never wore uniforms.

Nigeria's former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode has contributed to the ongoing war between the senate and customs Boss Hameed Ali.

The Senate, last week, invited Ali to appear before it to give a justification for the agency's policy on vehicle duty payment.

The former media director of the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign organisation in 2015 said Ali should have done exactly as the Senate order.