Hameed Ali: Customs boss dares Senate, says ‘no’ to Wednesday appearance

Comptroller-General of Nigeria customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), has informed the Senate that he would not appear before the lawmakers on Wednesday, March 15.

The Customs CG, in a letter to the Upper Chamber said he could appear before the lawmakers on the said date as it coincided with the routine management of the service.

The Customs boss requested that the Senate fix another date for his appearance.

Ali’s letter requesting for another date for his appearance was read to lawmakers at the plenary, on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by an Assistant Comptroller-General.

It was gathered that members of the Red Chanber lampooned Ali for relegating the Senate and for failing to personally sign the letter.

Elsewhere today, the senate agreed to hold confirmation hearing for Magu on Wednesday

The senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday.

Senate President Bukola Saraki announced this on Tuesday.

This is coming a few weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari asked the senate to reconsider its decision to reject the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had sent a letter requesting Magu’s confirmation to the senate while the president was on vacation in the United Kingdom.

On January 24, Saraki read the letter after the upper legislative chamber resumed from a closed session that lasted about 80 minutes.

On December 15, 2016, the senate‎ rejected the appointment of Magu as EFCC chairman, citing a security report from the department of state services (DSS).

In the report, Magu was accused of living in a house paid for by a “corrupt” businessman. He was also accused of extorting money — through a proxy‎ — from suspects.

Following this, the president directed Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to investigate the allegations‎.

Malami submitted his report at the end of the assignment.

However, the details of the investigation were not revealed in the president’s letter to the senate.

Also, the president did not say why the rejection of Magu’s appointment should be reconsidered in view of the allegations.

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