Attorney-Gen­eral stops Hameed Ali from appearing before Senate in Uniform

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.

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