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Senate cannot force Hameed Ali to wear Customs Uniform – Presidency

by on March 19, 2017
 

There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may take sides with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), in his ongoing face-off with the Senate over his failure to wear his uniform.

A source within the Presidency said that the position of the Presidency on the disagreement is that; no law compels Colonel Hameed Ali to wear a uniform.
This position was based on legal advice made available to the President by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The source added that the government’s stand is that there is a clear separation of powers among the three arms of government.

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He said the position of the Presidency was that lawmakers could not make laws and enforce the laws themselves.

“The AGF has advised that no law compels a political appointee to wear any uniform. And again, the legislature makes laws, but they don’t have the power to enforce those laws,” the source said.

When contacted on the face-off on Saturday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, directed one of our correspondents to the Public Relations Officer of the NCS.

When asked if the CG would heed the Senate’s order on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of NCS, Mr. Joseph Attah, said Ali would do the appropriate thing.

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“I am confident the CG will do the appropriate thing. Thank you,” he stated.

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  • SHEHU
    March 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    LOOKS LIKE OUR SENATORS ARE NOT AWARE OF THEIR LIMITS. EVEN THE CASE OF MAGU IS ANOTHER UNDUE FLEX OF MUSCLE.

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  • Hamza
    March 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Nigerian senators are just acting like children in d house. y must a retired Army wear uniform. rubbish talk instead of them to seat right an think on how to make d country a beta place for d masses they continue making unnecessary demand for CG of custom. selfish people.

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  • Okwudili
    March 20, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Senators and governors are Nigerian problem

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  • Adeniyi
    March 20, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Comment…senator’s and governor’s are Nigeria big problem sitting in the house of assembly and making fulking law

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  • March 20, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Why shouldnt he wear it even if there is no law compelling him to do so? He has just proved to the NCS junior staff that their uniform is not worth wearing.

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  • isiaka wazirin TAKUM taraba state
    March 20, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Foolish Nigerian senators, ta Allah batakuba barayi, Nigeria sai masu gaskiya.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The CG should wear his uniform, it’s a moral booster to d staff.

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  • Lofty
    March 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

    As lawmakers u ve only a righ to make laws, not to reinfoced. u re going out of limit… so u should be careful with ur dunces allegation… such men cant be try- even if u re dreaming fools.. pity u for such abysmal criminals.

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  • mk
    March 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    The presidency have said it all that senats can only make laws not to enforce them, the senats should study the constitution.

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