Law Suit challenging the appointment of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service

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The Federal High Court in Lagos is to decide on a suit challenging the appointment of Hameed Ali as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa an activist has challenged the appointment of Hameed Ali on the grounds that it encroaches the said gazette stipulating that only those within the rank of Deputy Comptroller -General of Customs could be elevated as substantive Comptroller- General.

Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd)

Doubt hangs on the faith of the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, as the Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed Friday, September 16, to deliver judgment in a suit challenging his appointment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suit, which was instituted by an activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, in November 2015, was argued before Justice Sule Hassan.

Mr. Adegboruwa who asked the court to nullify the appointment of Hameed Ali, sought the explanation 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 challenged the appointment of Hameed Ali as the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Customs Service on the grounds that the said gazette stipulated that only those within the rank of Deputy Comptroller -General of Customs could be elevated as substantive Comptroller- General.

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

The service described Mr. Adegboruwa’s suit as 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.

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