The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Malam Abubakar Malami, has stopped the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hammed Ali(rtd), from appearing before the Senate in uniform.
Malami had written a letter to the Clerk of the Senate on Tuesday, asking the Upper House to put on hold further actions against Ali as the matter was already in court.
His letter reads: “Refrence Number HAGF/NASS/2017 Volume 1/28 – Re: Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/207/2017, Mohammed Ibrahim (Esq) Versus Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) and four others.
“I wish to formally intimate you that I am in receipt of a letter dated 20th, March, 2017 wherein I have been served with an originating summons in respect of the above subject matter.
“The originating summons is seeking among other declarations ‘whether the oversight functions of the National Assembly extends to compelling and/or giving directive to the first defendant to wear uniform.
“In line with the principles of rule of law, court decisions or most importantly, the declarations sought have been deeply rooted in the constitutional provisions; I hold the view that this matter is sub-judice.
“In view of three above, it is the interest of justice and rule of law to stay all actions in this case until the constitutional issues raised in the matters are resolved by the law courts. I wish to further intimate you that as a defendant in the said suit, I intend to file processes and pursue it to a logical conclusion,” he said.
In a swift reaction, the Senate declared Ali unfit to hold any public office in the country for flouting its order.
The lawmakers called for his resignation since he had exceeded the 60-year retiring age stipulated in Public Service Rule and his inability to comply with the law regulating the conduct of the NCS.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had on resumption of deliberation on the invitation of Ali after the Upper Chamber had ended its nearly two hours closed-door session, informed his colleagues of the AGF’s letter.