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Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali,has said that the Customs Service has put a stop to cases of highly influential Nigerians who use their influence to illegally bring expensive items including exotic vehicles into the country without paying appropriate duties on them.
Ali also said he will not be able to appear before the Senate on Wednesday as directed by the lawmakers.
Ali was walked out of the Senate’s plenary last week Thursday after the lawmakers accused him of not putting in his uniform.
At a media parley on Tuesday, the Customs CG said he had received a writ of summons to appear before a court in Abuja on the same day.
He said that based on the writ of summons, it would be subjudice for him to appear before the Senate on the pending issues before them which are also part of what was before the court.
Ali said: “Based on the advice from lawyers and briefing from the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice who is also a party in the suit, I won’t be appearing before the Senate tomorrow until the court decides otherwise.”
There were reports that an exotic vehicle belonging to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was seized by the Customs for not having the requisite customs papers.
Ali Ndume, a former Senate Majority Leader, requested for a probe of the allegation at plenary on Tuesday.