Politics Nigerian Senate Dragged To Court Over Hameed Ali’s Uniform Controversy


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An Abuja-based lawyer has approached a federal high court in Abuja, seeking an order to restrain the national assembly from compelling Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) from wearing uniform.

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According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mohammed Ibrahim, the plaintiff in the suit, made copies of the process available on Tuesday.

The suit listed other defendants to include the Comptroller-General of NCS, the NCS, the Senate and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF).

The plaintiff is seeking a declaration of the court that the oversight functions of the national assembly did not extend to compelling, mandating and enforcing the first defendant to wear uniform before performing his duties.

He is also seeking the court to declare that the first defendant, who is not a commissioned officer of the NCS, is not mandated by law to wear the service’s uniform.

Ibrahim further asked the court to declare if Ali’s appointment made pursuant to sections 5 and 171 of the constitution could be subjected to the provision of customs and excise management act or any other law.

He also asked the court to explain whether there was any legal provision that prescribed the wearing of uniform as a condition precedent by the first defendant in view of his appointment under section 171 of the constitution.

Ibrahim had also asked the court to decide whether, in view of section 88 (1) of the constitution, the senate could summon the first defendant having not published a resolution to that effect.