Court fixes date for judgment in suit challenging appointment of Customs boss

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed September 16 to deliver judgment in a suit challenging the appointment of retired Colonel Hameed Ali as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service.

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The suit, which was instituted by a human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, in November 2015, was argued before Justice Sule Hassan.

Adegboruwa sought the interpretation 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.

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He argued that the said gazette stipulated that only those within the rank of Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs could be elevated as substantive Comptroller-General.

Adegboruwa asked the court to nullify the appointment.

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

The Customs Service contended further that Adegboruwa’s suit was a mere academic exercise raising hypothetical questions that the court must not entertain.

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The court heard arguments from counsels to the parties on June 15 and adjourned for judgment.

The judgment is now slated to be delivered on September 16.

5 thoughts on “Court fixes date for judgment in suit challenging appointment of Customs boss

  1. Na PMB former Army friend wey need work, him give work for Customs. U know say, money plenty there. Nothing spoil, nepotism or favoring a friend is not Corruption even if the Definition of Corruption includes NAPOTISM AND FAVORITISM IN THE DICTIONARY!!!!!

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