The Senate has sought for the ‘immediate’ resignation of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) from his appointment.
The decision was reached by the lawmakers on Wednesday at the plenary as the legislators at the upper chamber said Mr. Ali was not fit to hold public office.
The call for his resignation also follows Mr. Ali’s decision not to appear before the lawmakers in uniform on Wednesday as directed by the Senate.
Ali had informed newsmen 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 Customs boss also said that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, wrote to him, asking him and all parties to stay action on his summon to appear at the Senate in uniform, pending the determination of an originating summons filed by one Mohammed Ibrahim.
The Senate today rejected the letter by the AGF, 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.