BREAKING: 5 Deputy Comptroller-Generals Of Nigeria Customs Voluntarily Resign

Five top officials of the Nigerian Customs Service have on Thursday, October 29, 2015 voluntarily resigned in protest.

According to a document obtained by an insider source the five officials at the rank of deputy comptroller-general of the Customs Service tendered their resignation in a joint letter dated October 29 and addressed to the chairman, Nigerian Customs Service Board.

The Nigerian Customs Service had six (6) deputy comptroller-generals of Customs when Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali , who is a retired army official and former military administrator of Kaduna State took over the headship of the agency. One of them had retired before today an inside source revealed.

The one-page letter (see below) says that the top officials are resigning “unanimously and voluntarily” from the service. The officials are A. J. Atte, T. A. Musa, I. M. Mera, A. C. Nwosu, and A. A. Adewuyi (who was yet to sign the document).

The decision by President Buhari to appoint a long-time loyalist to head the Customs service has been questioned for its legality. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome had condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a non-customs officials to head the service. He said that the appointment was “illegal and contrary to section 3:11:1 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria official gazette (2002), as Ali is a retired soldier and not a product of the customs”.


Ozekhome said in a statement,

“The appointment of Hameed Ali has, particularly, raised serious issues of propriety, having been brought in from outside the customs service. By Section 3:11:1 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria official gazette No 24, vol 89, dated March 25, 2002, the choice of the CG of Customs shall be by appointment of a suitable Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs.”

Also in September, Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo, an activist had filed a suit at the Federal High Court Umuahia, Abia state challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of Ali as the Customs boss by Buhari.

In the wake of Ali’s appointments, there were news reports that Nigeria could be expelled from World Customs Organization (WCO) because his appointment failed to comply with the rules of the organization.

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