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Why I Dumped My Fiancé For NCS Boss, Hameed Ali — Zainab Abdullahi
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Why I Dumped My Fiancé For NCS Boss, Hameed Ali — Zainab Abdullahi

Zainab Abdullahi, the new wife of Hameed Ali, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has finally opened up on her relationship with her ex, Zubairu Malami. A few days ago, a letter purportedly written by a lawyer to Mr Malami had surfaced online, demanding a refund of the sum of N9 million spent on the new wife of Hameed Ali for the purchase of air tickets, house and shop rents, loan collected for her father and for opening a clothing business for her. Zainab Abdullahi Yahaya, was at the weekend married to Hameed Ali. *N9m investment* The money, according to a letter which Malamai’s lawyer wrote on May 22, was given as loans, investments and other materials collected by her during “deceit, mischievous and breach of trust relationship.” The ex-boyfriend’s lawy...
65-Year-Old Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Marries New Wife,  Zainab Abdullahi
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65-Year-Old Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Marries New Wife, Zainab Abdullahi

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) over the weekend got married to a new bride, Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi in a wedding ceremony devoid of fanfare because of the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Hameed Ali’s first wife, Hajiya Hadiza Jummai Ali died in Abuja on October 29th, 2018 at the age of 53 years old. Hajiya Ali who was the first lady of Kaduna State when her husband served as a military administrator of the state from 1996 to 1998, left behind her husband, Hameed Ali and four children. Born 15 January 1955, the current Customs CG previously served as Military Governor of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998. After retirement, he became secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum – a political and cultural associatio...
Senator Fadahunsi Calls For Sack Of Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Over Fraud, Incompetence
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Senator Fadahunsi Calls For Sack Of Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Over Fraud, Incompetence

The vice chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Francis Fadahunsi, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over alleged fraud and incompetence in the service. Speaking in an interview with the Punch on Sunday, Mr Fadahunsi, the Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, alleged that Mr Ali’s sheer incompetence and poor border control had resulted in the proliferation of small arms was now threatening the nation’s existence. According to him, Customs boss allowed traders to smuggle contraband goods and items into the country, despite a ban by the Federal Government. Mr Fadahunsi further said: “I told the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd.), that his border management is poor. “Y...
South Korea Embassy Donates 2 Vehicles To Nigerian Customs
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South Korea Embassy Donates 2 Vehicles To Nigerian Customs

The Embassy of South Korea in Nigeria has donated two Hyundai buses to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), to boost its operations. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Lee In Tae, Ambassador of South Korea to Nigeria, handed the vehicles to Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Customs, on Monday at NCS headquarters in Abuja. According to the Ambassador, NCS as an agency of government needs the support and cooperation of all stakeholders for it to deliver more effectively on its mandate. “The Nigerian Custom Service is a great organisation, doing great job, and needs to be supported. “These two buses are being donated by our embassy to support its operational activities,” Tae said. The CG, in his response, commended the Ambassador for the kind gesture, saying, ...
90 Percent Of Cars In Nigeria Are Smuggled – Customs Boss, Hameed Ali
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90 Percent Of Cars In Nigeria Are Smuggled – Customs Boss, Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), on Thursday said 90 per cent of cars in the country were smuggled into the country by unscrupulous elements. Ali, who said this while addressing newsmen in Abuja, alleged that many vehicles on display for sale in auto shops across the country were also smuggled. He explained that the recent raids of the various car dealers’ spots in some parts of the country were to ascertain whether the vehicles were brought in genuinely or not. According to him, the country needs revenue for development, hence, it became necessary to collect duties on those smuggled vehicles. “We want to use this opportunity to ensure that cars within our borders are fully customised, which means duties are paid on them”,...
Why FG Closed Nigeria’s Borders — CG Customs, Hameed Ali
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Why FG Closed Nigeria’s Borders — CG Customs, Hameed Ali

The closure of Nigeria’s borders by Federal Government was undertaken to strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hameed Ali, has said. Speaking during a meeting with border stakeholders, comprising freight forwarders and security agencies on Thursday at Seme, Ali said that the closure was not intended to hurt anyone but to protect the nations interests. “Our interest is to make sure that our country is secure, the well-being of our people is ensured and our economy is secure. “The step we have taken is in the interest of Nigeria, the step is not to hurt anybody but to protect our own interests as a nation,” he said. Ali was accompanied at the meeting by Nigeria’s Ambassador t...
Customs Officer Promotes Self To CG, Asks Hameed Ali To Hand Over
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Customs Officer Promotes Self To CG, Asks Hameed Ali To Hand Over

Nura Dahiru, an assistant superintendent of customs, on Monday promoted himself to the rank of deputy comptroller-general of Customs (DCG), claiming he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to assume the office of comptroller-general (CG). Sources at the Customs headquarters in Abuja told TheCable that Dahiru walked in Monday morning wearing the new rank, and went into the office of Hameed Ali, the comptroller general. “As he came in, officers were saluting him because he was wearing that rank,” one of the sources said. “Sometime in May, he had posted on Facebook that he had been directed by the president to take over from Hameed Ali, and today when we saw him in the new rank, we thought, indeed, he has been promoted and so directed by the president. He went inside the CG’s...
Check Out The Nigerian Customs Newly Introduced Additional Uniform
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Check Out The Nigerian Customs Newly Introduced Additional Uniform

The Nigerian Customs Service has launched the newly introduced additional uniform for its officers. The uniform was showcased by the Deputy Comptroller-Generals (DCG) Tariff and Trade, Isa Talatu Mairo and the national public relations officer, DC Attah Joseph. The Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali has been heavily criticized for not wearing the agency’s uniform. Some senators expressed concern over Ali’s defiance of the National Assembly by appearing in mufti despite the letter sent to him, specifying that he should appear in uniform. On, this there have been several divisions as to whether the Customs Boss, a former military administrator, is mandated by law as the top official to wear uniform or not. His car and aircraft carry the official logo of Cu...
Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo
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Egotistical Senate Versus Hameed Ali And The Rest Of Us, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Big egos are a big part of the human nature. As man is naturally a political animal, egos are a big part of politics. Outside politics, egos are in high supply. In board rooms and the rest of the corporate world, for example, ego clashes are fueled by intellection and the contestation of ideas — by the unwillingness of a first-grade intellectual to think anybody else can possess a superior idea to his or her’s. The basis for this ego, though no less destructive, is understandable. But there’s a very caustic, fetid kind of ego — the one motivated by money and power. In the Nigerian Senate, there is an abundance of it. Twice last week, a couple of senators supplied the evidence.   Let’s start with the latter. On Tuesday, a security aide of Abiodun Olujimi, a PDP senator represe...
Dino Melaye, Customs Boss Bicker Over Reception
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Dino Melaye, Customs Boss Bicker Over Reception

Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Waste in the Nigeria Customs Service led by Dino Melaye has taken on Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) over breach of protocol. Melayi, Chairman of the committee and Comptroller General (CG) of Customs, Mr Hameed Ali, on Monday disagreed over reception. The disagreement was sequel to the visit of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Waste in the Nigeria Customs Service to the Customs Headquarters, Abuja. The lingering feud between the duo resurfaced Monday as the senators and the CG engaged in an argument bordering on failure of the latter to accord the former anticipated protocol. Melaye said that the Customs CG was expected to have received the committee members into the premises and not just meeting them at the conference room. He said protocol had been t...
55,000 Litres Of Petrol Intercepted By Custom At Seme Border
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55,000 Litres Of Petrol Intercepted By Custom At Seme Border

Aisha Cole: The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Border Command, intercepted 2,200 jerry cans of smuggled of petrol with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth over N10 million between Dec. 1, 2017, and date. The Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu, disclosed this on Monday through the command’s Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Taupyen Selchang. The controller in a statement by the PRO said that most of the seizures were made at Pashi-Yekeme Community in Owode and the creeks. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the total volume of PMS intercepted was 55,000 litres (2,200 x 25 litres). Aliyu said that the command was determined to combat the smuggling of petroleum products usually done by the smugglers using jerry cans and passing through the creeks and illeg...
2019: Nigeria Customs, DSS Accuse Politicians Of Stockpiling Arms
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2019: Nigeria Customs, DSS Accuse Politicians Of Stockpiling Arms

The Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have accused politicians and some states of stockpiling arms ahead of 2019 general elections. According to them, the arms, classified as small and light weapon, are already being used by some individuals to perpetrate violence in parts of the country. At the investigation of the “frightening influx of small arms and light weapons into the country” by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Customs and Excise and National Intelligence, DSS Director of Operations, Godwin Eteng, said as the elections drew nearer, the influx of the arms in some states is becoming fearful. He said security report revealed that the arms are most in Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states. Following this discovery, Eteng ...
Nigeria Customs Impounds N15m Worth Of Goods
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Nigeria Customs Impounds N15m Worth Of Goods

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday seized goods estimated at N15 million from smugglers along the Gbao, Yekeme and pasha creeks of Lagos and Otta axis. The seizure, which included 43,750 litres of Petrol were estimated at N6.3 million, 348 cartons and 25 sacks of assorted foreign soaps valued at N3.2 million. The seizure also included 438 used tyres valued at N2.1 million and 300 bags of rice worth N2.1 million Comptroller Sarki Kebbi, the Area Controller Western Marine Command,at a news conference said the command was apt in the use of intelligence gathering. “I have promised that under my watch as the CAC of the command, smugglers will not have their way to perpetrate their evil business. “My men are highly motivated and I have order...
President Buhari To Return From Turkey On Sunday
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President Buhari To Return From Turkey On Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday left Nigeria for Istanbul, Turkey to participate in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) which holds on Friday. Buhari left Abuja shortly after presiding over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said on Wednesday that Buhari would return to Nigeria on Sunday. In the President’s entourage are ministers and other top government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. “The President will be back on Sunday,” Adesina said when asked him about the duration of the President’s visit. He had earlier in a statement on Tuesday said prior to the D-8 Summit, Buhari, at th...
President Buhari, Customs Chief Hameed Ali Head For Turkey Over Arms Smuggling
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President Buhari, Customs Chief Hameed Ali Head For Turkey Over Arms Smuggling

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), are billed to travel to Turkey for a bilateral meeting with the authorities of Turkish Customs Service. According to Deputy Comptroller-General, Aminu Dangaladima, the meeting’s aim is to put an end to the importation of deadly weapons from Turkey. It will be recalled that the service last month announced the seizure of 2,671 pump action rifles illegally imported from Turkey into Nigeria. Owing to the seizure, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Halal Cakil, vowed on September 26 that his country would fish out the brains behind the shipping of illegal arms into Nigeria. Addressing journalists in Abuja Friday, Dangaladima said: “Let me seize this opportunity to impromptu y...
Turkish Envoy To Help Identify Smugglers Of Guns To Nigeria
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Turkish Envoy To Help Identify Smugglers Of Guns To Nigeria

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali and Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hakan Cakil, have agreed to cooperate to stop the export of harmful items into both countries. Ali announced this in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, on Tuesday in Abuja. Attah said the meeting was held due to concerns expressed by the general public over the recent seizures of pump actions riffles imported from Turkey. He added that the aim of the meeting was to fashion out ways of dealing with the disturbing issues. Attah said that Ali expressed concern that four different arms seizures with a total number of 2,671 pump action riffles came from one source. According to him, the meeting lasted for about two hours, detailed with specific comm...
Customs Intercepts 37 Smuggled Brand New Vehicles
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Customs Intercepts 37 Smuggled Brand New Vehicles

Some Customs officers are in trouble for their involvement in the smuggling of 37 brand new vehicles through unapproved land border routes. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, made this disclosure in Lagos while showcasing the smuggled vehicles among other seizures at the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A. Ali said the importers and their collaborators will be facing prosecution. Top among the seized items are 37 brand new 2017 Lexus jeeps, Land Cruisers and Toyota Hilux with a duty paid value of more than 1.3 billion naira. Other seizures include thousands of bags of foreign parboiled rice, sacks of cannabis, and several containers stuffed with various goods that were falsely declared. The Customs leadership has said it is not backing out of the fight against thos...
Customs Vows To Arrest Killers Of Two Officers In Katsina State
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Customs Vows To Arrest Killers Of Two Officers In Katsina State

In a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, in Abuja, Ali said the killing of Chief Superintendent Maidama Yabo and Assistant Superintendent Babandi Shaba was uncalled for. The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Colonel Hameed Ali, on Thursday vowed to bring killers of two officers of the service to justice. In a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah, in Abuja, Ali said the killing of Chief Superintendent Maidama Yabo and Assistant Superintendent Babandi Shaba was uncalled for. Yabo and Shaba were killed by gunmen at Dogon Hawa in Katsina State. The gunmen, suspected to be robbers, took away the service AK47 riffle, helmet, bullet proof vest and service shoes. The CGC said the service would no longer accept the brutal kill...
E-Auction: Customs To Commence Next Batch Of Bidding Monday
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E-Auction: Customs To Commence Next Batch Of Bidding Monday

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) will commence the next batch of another 48 hours of bidding on July 10 as the e-auction committee reloads the portal with more items. The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. Attah said that the announcement of the 43 winners that emerged after the 48 hours of bidding ended the first batch. He said that following the end of the first bidding batch, the e-auction committee would reload the portal with more items for the next batch. “Every batch lasts for 48 hours, the first 48 hours lapsed at noon on Wednesday. The system completely locked everybody out, and then presented a report and automatically sent mails to all the winners. “The next batch ...
Magu: Senate Plans Fresh Showdown With Presidency
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Magu: Senate Plans Fresh Showdown With Presidency

The Senate has perfected plans to withhold the confirmation of nominees by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the lawmakers’ strategies for a showdown with the Presidency, The PUNCH has reliably learnt. This is notwithstanding the recent move by the Presidency to reconcile with the Senate. The upper chamber of the National Assembly is considering placing an “embargo” on approval of appointments by the President until the legislature and the executive resolved the lingering crisis between them. It was gathered on Sunday that the Senate would make the move based on the recent comment by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who said he agreed with human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), that Section 171 of the Constitution empowers the President to make some appointments without ...
Buhari’s Aides Tense Over Babachir, Oke Suspension
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Buhari’s Aides Tense Over Babachir, Oke Suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari’s bombshell of Wednesday, April 19, which stripped the erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Security Agency (NIA) Ayo Oke of their titles, has at the same time unleashed a floodgate of intrigues as to how the president will handle other crucial people in his administration. Many Nigerians applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Babachir Lawal to facilitate unfettered investigations into alleged infractions. His fate had been unclear since October 2016, shortly after the Senate constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate utilization of funds released to the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE). Analysts over the past several months have placed Pr...
7 Senators That Constitute ‘Cabal’ In The Senate
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7 Senators That Constitute ‘Cabal’ In The Senate

The 8th Nigerian Senate has been replete with political game-plays orchestrated by major actors popularly called ‘cabal.’ Below are 7 senators who constitute the ‘cabal’ in Nigerian Senate, as compiled by Nigerian Bulletin. 1. Senate President, Bukola Saraki – Bukola Saraki needs no introduction. He is the President of Nigeria's 8th Assembly. The Kwara-born lawmaker is a strong man in both in home politics, and on the national level. Saraki is believed to be the Most powerful senate president that Nigeria has till date – he wields so much influence that any opposition attempt against him will fail. 2. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu – Ike Ekweremadu is the Deputy Senate President. Though a PDP lawmaker, he pitches tent with the strong-men in the house – pushing various agenda...
“Saraki Will Reduce Your Punishment If You Apologise” – Melaye Tells Ndume
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“Saraki Will Reduce Your Punishment If You Apologise” – Melaye Tells Ndume

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, has assured Ali Ndume, his Borno south counterpart, that Senate President Bukola Saraki will reduce his punishment if he tenders an apology. The upper legislative chamber suspended Ndume for six months based on the recommendation of its Ethics and Privileges Committee. The committee made the recommendation after clearing Saraki and Melaye of allegations brought against them. Ndume had moved a motion for his colleagues to be probed, arguing that the reputation of the senate was at stake based on allegations levelled against them. While Saraki was accused of harassing Hameed Ali, Comptroller-General of Customs, because the agency seized a vehicle belonging to him, Melaye was said to have forged the certificate of his ...
Buhari Sets Up Committee To End Faceoff With Senate
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Buhari Sets Up Committee To End Faceoff With Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday set up a committee to resolve the perennial rift between the executive and the legislature. The committee, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has as members, all ministers who were at one time federal legislators as well as the Senior Special Assistants to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang (Senate) and Samaila Kawu (House of Representatives). The committee met behind closed doors after the federal executive council meeting amidst concern over the strained relationship between the executive and the Senate in particular. "The executive is also concerned that the relationship between the two arms of government is not as smooth as it is supposed to be,” information minister later said in his briefing. "In any democra...
I Can Help You Discipline Your ‘Powerful’ Appointees, Fayose Tells Buhari
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I Can Help You Discipline Your ‘Powerful’ Appointees, Fayose Tells Buhari

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, says he is ready to help President Muhammadu Buhari discipline his “powerful” political appointees. Fayose said this in a statement issued by Idowu Adelusi, his media aide, on Friday. He said Nigerians were beginning to believe the statement of Aisha, the president’s wife, that a cabal had taken over the government. Fayose’s latest onslaught is coming a day after he promised Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, that he would tone down his criticism of the president. In the statement, the governor said the refusal of Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), to wear a uniform for an appearance at the senate was shameful, and that it portrayed the Buhari-led administration in a bad light. He ...
Senate Calls For Resignation Of Customs Boss, Hameed Ali
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Senate Calls For Resignation Of Customs Boss, Hameed Ali

The Senate today called for the resignation of the Comptroler General of Customs, Hameed Ali. The call came following the refusal of the Customs boss to appear before the senate in his Customs uniform. At plenary today, the temper of the senators flayed up when the clerk of the House read a letter from the Attorney General of the Federation and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, stating why Hameed cannot appear before the senate now in his uniform. According to Malami, a suit challenging the authority of the senate to compel the Customs boss to wear his uniform has been filed by an Abuja based lawyer, Mohammed Ibrahim and the senate should maintain status quo util the court gives its ruling on the matter “Based on the summons before the court, all matters relating to the iss...
Senate Has No Lawful Authority To Invite Hameed Ali – Falana
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Senate Has No Lawful Authority To Invite Hameed Ali – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said the Senate has no lawful authority to invite the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali, to justify the agency’s move to compel all vehicle owners in the country to pay appropriate duties on their imported vehicles. In a write-up on Sunday, Falana argued that the invitation extended to Ali by the Senate was unconstitutional. “The Senate lacks the vires to summon the CGC on policy matters. “Indeed the oversight power of either House of the National Assembly is not at large but limited by section 88 (2) of the Constitution,” Falana argued. He cited the Court of Appeal decision in the case of El-rufai vs House of Representatives, where the court, relying on the case of Senate of the National Ass...
Senator Yayi Tells Hameed Ali: “Go Back And Wear Uniform”
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Senator Yayi Tells Hameed Ali: “Go Back And Wear Uniform”

Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola on Thursday asked the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali to go back and wear his uniform. He said the rules of the Nigerian Senate still stands on the issue of the uniform. Sen Yayi says anyone can wear the Customs uniform and appear as the CG @CustomsNG Hameed Ali has earlier said "no law against him for not wearing Uniform".
Hameed Ali Arrives Senate In Mufti
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Hameed Ali Arrives Senate In Mufti

THE Controller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, retired Colonel Hameed Ali, has arrived the National Assembly. Ali was summoned by the Senate for questioning on the controversial vehicle duty already announced susupended by the NCS. However, rather than come in his uniform, Ali was dressed in mufti. He wore a white caftan. On arrival, Ali met with the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. He was accompanied to Ekweremadu’s office by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang. After about five minutes in Ekweremadu’s office, he left for Enang’s office to allow the DSP enter the Red Chamber. Ekweremadu is presiding at the plenary, which was called to order just before press time. However, the Sena...
Senate Issues Warrant Of Arrest On Hameed Ali
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Senate Issues Warrant Of Arrest On Hameed Ali

The Senate has agreed to issue a warrant of arrest to compel the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), retired Col. Hammed Ali, to appear before it on Thursday, The senate unanimously passed the motion at their plenary on Wednesday. The decision of the Senate came at the time that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) suspended the implementation of its policy for duty payments on old vehicles. The Customs service said that the suspension was placed in order to resolve issues with the Senate Committee on Customs. The Acting Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Mr Joseph Attah, said Wednesday in Abuja that the Management of Customs had directed that the exercise be put on hold and expressed its readiness to engage the Senate Committee on further discussions. ...
Customs Puts Motor Duty Payment ‘On Hold’
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Customs Puts Motor Duty Payment ‘On Hold’

​THE Nigeria Customs Service has “put on hold” the controversial motor duty payment that has generated tension between it and Nigerians. The decision to put the implementation on hold was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, on Wednesday morning. Attah said this was the outcome of the meeting between the Controller General of the NCS, retired Colonel Hameed Ali, and the leadership of the Senate. As reported on Tuesday, Ali had after telling the Senate he would not honour the invitation extended to him to appear at plenary on Wednesday over the issue, rushed to the National Assembly where he held a closed door meeting with the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. In a statement issued based on the outcom...
Hameed Ali Fails To Honour Senate’s Invitation
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Hameed Ali Fails To Honour Senate’s Invitation

Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service , Col . Hameed Ali ( retd . ) , on Wednesday , failed to appear before the Senate. Ali said he was bereaved . “ I ’ ll make myself available whenever I ’ m needed in future, ” the Customs CG told the Senate in his second letter to the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, which was read at the plenary on Wednesday. Saraki also read a statement issued by the NCS , in which the service said the policy on payments of duties on old vehicles had been ‘ put on hold’. The lawmakers have , however , expressed their dissatisfaction with Ali ’s excuses for his nonappearance.
Hameed Ali, Senate Face-off: Buhari Intervenes
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Hameed Ali, Senate Face-off: Buhari Intervenes

ABUJA— PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari may have waded into the looming crisis between the Senate and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd). The President was also said to have warned his appointees not to overheat the polity by creating avoidable friction between the Executive and the Legislature. This is even as Senate spokesman, Abdullahi Sabi, had told journalists, after plenary yesterday, that senators would not support any policy that would infringe on the welfare and security of Nigerians. Buhari’s intervention came against the backdrop of Col. Ali’s defiance to appear before the Senate and explain why the new duty policy on vehicles imported into the country through land borders should not be reversed. Sensing danger ahead of Ali’s planned refus...
Hameed Ali Seeks Legal Advice On Wearing Of Uniform
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Hameed Ali Seeks Legal Advice On Wearing Of Uniform

Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Services, Col. Hameed Ali appear to have learned his lessons and have understood the fact that the Nigeria National Assembly is greater than the powers he possess. In another letter written to National Assembly, Col. Ali begs the Nigeria Senate to reschedule his appointment till another day. Though same letter was sent to the senate today and was signed by Deputy C.G of customs which the senate took exception to and therefore mandate Col. Ali to appear before them tomorrow being Wednesday 15th March 2017, but in this second letter, it was signed personally by Ali and dated March 14, 2017, the C-G explained that he was currently bereaved and could not appear at the time. On wearing Uniforms, he urged the Senate to give him time as he was seeking l...
Hameed Ali And Saraki Meet Behind Closed Door
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Hameed Ali And Saraki Meet Behind Closed Door

THE Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday evening held a closed session with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs service, retired Colonel Hameed Ali. This is coming on a day Ali had written the Senate to say he would not honor the invitation extended to him to appear at plenary in uniform. The senators however insisted he must appear in uniform on Wednesday at the Senate plenary. In what appeared a dramatic turn around, Ali sought an audience with Saraki for about 50 minutes. The meeting came hours after Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. Although, the details of the closed session between Saraki and Ali were still sketchy as at pre...
Hameed Ali Defies Senate’s Directives, Sets To Start Vehicles Verification Today
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Hameed Ali Defies Senate’s Directives, Sets To Start Vehicles Verification Today

The Nigerian Customs Service will today commence the verification of all vehicles in the country to track those with genuine from fake documents. In a circular released early this month, the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, approved a grace period of one month - 13th March to - 12th April - for owners of all vehicles in the country whose customs duty had not been paid to make the payment. The service advised all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles to visit the nearest customs office nationwide to verify and pay the appropriate duty on them. The order by the customs authorities has, however generated serious controversy among vehicle owners and other stakeholders. The Senate has also called for the suspension of the exercise and summ...
Nigeria Customs Release Statement Over Guns Intercepted In Lagos
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Nigeria Customs Release Statement Over Guns Intercepted In Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has explained how it intercepted and seized a massive weapons haul of 661 brand new pump-action rifles in Lagos state. In a press statement delivered by the Comptroller-General of NCS Hameed Ali at a briefing in Lagos on Monday, January 30, the outfit said the guns were intercepted on Sunday, January 22. The statement read: "On Sunday 22nd January 2017, the Roving Team of the NCS Federal Operations Unit while on information patrol intercepted a Mack truck with registration number BDG 265 XG conveying a 1x40ft Container with Number: PONU/825914/3along Mile 2 Apapa road. "The truck was immediately taken to the premises of FOU Zone A,Ikeja where Physical examination revealed 49 boxes containing a total number of 661 pieces of pump action rifles con...
Importers To Receive Vehicles At Near Locations – Customs
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Importers To Receive Vehicles At Near Locations – Customs

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said it will create bonded vehicle parks and terminals nationwide and licence major dealers to operate same and facilitate the creation of more jobs for the automobile industry. The acting Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service, Mr. Joseph Attah, told Daily Trust yesterday in an exclusive interview that such terminal operators will neither pay duties for the imported vehicles nor pay demurrage for a period of 28 to 30 days after manifesting the vehicles at the seaports. He said: “Customs is going to grant licences to genuine car dealers to operate bonded car terminals. What this means is that they will not necessarily need to go to Lagos to clear vehicles. “When a dealer imports his vehicles and he manifests them for the destination in ...