Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Senate to issue arrest warrant if Hameed Ali fails to appear tomorrow

Nigeria Customs Service boss Hameed Ali Senate To Arrest Hameed Ali
Howard Terry | 16 March, 2017, 00:27

Fasehun, who addressed newsmen on raging national issues, including the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, accused the Customs boss, Colonel Hameed Ali (retd), of attempting to undermine the constitutional power of the Senate.

"CG must appear in uniform tomorrow", he said.

Consequently, the Senate invoked Section 89 of the Constitution against Ali, insisting that the Customs chief must appear before it at 10 am.

Section 89 refers to issuing an arrest warrant to compel an individual to appear before the Senate.

Ali, however failed to appear before the Senate.

Upholding the resolutions, Senate President stressed that the resolutions for his appearance on Wednesday stands, adding that there was no way a management meeting of Customs could override the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Customs boss says the retrospective policy on import duties on vehicles has been put on hold.

Saraki announced at plenary today that Ali said the policy was suspended until further notice as the Customs would engage relevant stakeholders on the matter.

Ali was summoned last Thursday over the planned implementation of penalties on vehicles without duty payment.

He said that the letters written by the CG was an affront on the National Assembly as an institution.

But Customs' spokesperson, Joseph Attah, informed our correspondent that his principal was involved in "further communication" with senators about the stand-off.

NAN reports that recently, the comptroller-general approved one month grace for all Nigerian vehicle owners who have not paid duties to do so or face outright seizure of the vehicles.

The public relations officer said that some owners of vehicles brought into the country through the land borders, obviously, did not pay duty.

This applies even to new vehicles bought from auto dealers.

Saraki also told his colleagues Mr. Ali visited him Tuesday evening and made commitment to suspend the policy on duty payment.

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