Court to decide if Buhari acted rightly in appointing Hameed Ali Customs boss

Comptoller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, addressing the agency's personnel
Comptoller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hamid Ali, addressing the agency's personnel

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed Friday, September 16, to deliver judgment in a suit challenging the appointment of Hameed Ali as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The suit, which was instituted by an activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, in November 2015 was argued before Justice Sule Hassan.

Mr. Adegboruwa sought the interpretation of the court as to whether the President could appoint anyone as comptroller-general of customs without complying with Section 3 of the Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria made on March 25, 2002.

He argued that the said gazette stipulated that only those within the rank of Deputy Comptroller -General of Customs could be elevated as substantive Comptroller- General.

Mr. Adegboruwa asked the court to nullify the appointment.

In response to the case, the Nigeria Customs Service filed a preliminary objection dated April 29, 2016, challenging the locus standi (legal right) of the applicant to file and maintain the suit.

The Customs Service contended further that Mr. Adegboruwa’s suit was a mere academic exercise raising hypothetical questions that the court must not entertain.

The court heard arguments from counsels to the parties on June 15 and adjourned for judgment.

The judgment is now slated to be delivered on September 16.

(NAN)

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  • B. Messi

    Hahahaha! Mr ‘integrity’ indeed!
    Ahahaha!
    @Premium Times;
    IS IT TRUE THE GAZETTE IN QUESTION ACTUALLY STIPULATES ONLY A DEPUTY COMPTROLLER CAN BE ELEVATED TO SUBSTANTIVE COMPTROLLER GENERAL??
    @Premium Times, WHAT HAS SUDDENLY BECOME OF YOUR ‘INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM’??
    @APC/BUHARI; DO YOU GUYS REALLY REQUIRE A COURT OF LAW TO POINT OUT WHAT IS EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE GAZETTE??
    IS OSINBAJO NOT A LAWYER ANYMORE??
    ‘anti corruption’ indeed!
    CLOWNS, LIARS, HYPOCRITES & CHARLATANS!

    • share Idea

      How do you expect them to investigate that when the subject matter does not have anything to do with GEJ. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Umar

        GEJ is a forgotten nonentity

    • Marcus Ijele

      Does Osibanjo still exist?

      • donMe$$i

        Good question….

  • vagabonds in power

    2.8 BILLION DOLLARS 1978 OIL MONEY WAS TRACED TO GENERAL BUHARI’S MIDLAND NOW HSBC OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT THAT WAS WHY HE STRUCK ON DECEMBER 31 1983. Before he became HOS in 1983 he was the General Officer Commanding the 3rd Armoured Division Jos. With armour under your command you could launch coups. Abuja where President Shagari was celebrating the New Year is flat terrain suitable for armoured warfare. But it never came to that. Shagari’s regime (1979-1983), incurred Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo’s era as military head of state that preceded Shagari’s. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The money was traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari, Obasanjo’s appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. The Committee’s report was presented to the Senate during the tail end of Shagari’s regime in 1983, so the House decided to deal with the matter soon after the 1983 general elections.

  • Isi Agwo

    The court should first determine whether Bokohari, being from Niger Republic, a certificate forging illiterate and liar, should be Nigeria’s president to start with.

    • FineBoy

      Take Heart Isi.
      I read your pains

  • Realitytalk

    The court and whoever went to court is confused, what the hell is still wrong with them

  • UOU

    That is the heavy price for illiteracy

  • Marcus Ijele

    So the court should not entertain the suite just for the fact that it is a mere academic exercise? Wonderful. So academic exercise is an evidence to render a case before a court invalid? Well, let us see how the court will rule.

  • Es3

    As long as the laws on ground has not amended and replaced by another Act, the appointment remains illegal and an abuse of office!

    I would have said that even Buhari knows this, but I have my doubts – due to NEPA Bill?!