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Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali

Hameed Ali says he will not appear before the senate today.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Colonel HAMEED ALI, says he will not honour the invitation of the Senate today.

The Senate last Thursday turned back the comptroller-general for not appearing in Customs uniform.

Senators then directed him to return to the National Assembly today in proper uniform, to defend the payment of retroactive duties by motorists whose vehicles have no genuine import duties.

The respite followed a suit filed by an Abuja based lawyer, MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the National Assembly from compelling the Comptroller General of Customs from wearing uniform in performance of his duties.

The Customs CG who acknowledged receipt of the court summons told a news conference that the Attorney General who is a co-defendant in the suit had written to the National Assembly, advising lawmakers to maintain status quo, pending the outcome of the suit.

Mr ALI said since the matter was already in court, it would amount to contempt of court for him to appear before the upper chamber of the National Assembly as it had demanded.

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