Custom Boss Failed to Appear Before the Senate

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The Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), on Wednesday failed to appear before the Senate over the controversial ultimatum issued to car owners nationwide to pay duties on their vehicles between March 13 and April 12, 2019, or risk having their cars impounded.

However, in a letter dated March 14, 2017, Ali disclosed that the controversial policy was being reviewed.

His failure to appear led the Senate to pass a resolution compelling him to appear on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 10am.

The implication of the Senate resolution to compel Ali’s attendance on Thursday is that a warrant would be issued, which may be served by the Nigeria Police, or any person authorised by the Senate President, as stipulated in Section 89, sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Ali’s letter to the Senate, citing a recent bereavement as an excuse for his absence was dismissed by the lawmakers.

The CG had initially written a letter to the upper legislative body informing it that he would not be able to honour the summons, as he was due to attend a fortnightly meeting of the NCS management.

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