Reps threaten to issue arrest warrant against Customs boss

The House of Representatives on Wednesday expressed displeasure at the non-appearance of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali before it and respond to issues bordering on the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS). Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta while ruling on a case in which the Ohaneze Youth Vanguard petitioned the House

against the NCS, said that he hoped Ali was not trying to go head on with the legislature. He said, “I hope the CG is not trying to go head on with the parliament, these are Nigerians who have complained. “We have invited him severally and he keeps giving excuses. We may have to take a resolution as House not to give the Customs attention. This is not a military era. He has now been summoned to appear before the House on March 9, if he doesn’t show up a warrant will be issued.” President of the Ohaneze Youth Vanguard, Igweka Okonkwo said they petitioned the House against the NCS due to promotion and posting that was carried out in 2015 that unfairly sidelined the South East.

He maintained that the South East in the cadre of senior officers had the lowest number adding “it is a systematic way of cleansing an ethnic group”. Giving an instance with the rank of deputy controllers, he said the North East had 21, North Central 15, South East three, North West 26, South South, eight and South West 10.

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