Customs boss Ali absent from House of Reps hearing on Ogun State extrajudicial killings
Neither the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali nor a representative from the agency were present for a meeting with members of the House of Representatives over alleged extrajudicial killings in Ogun State border communities.
A member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Honourable Sikirat Ajibola, representing Idiroko/Ipokia State Constituency, had earlier petitioned the federal parliament over the alleged illegal activities by men of the customs service. It was subsequently laid in the Green Chamber Hon. Kolawole Lawal who is representing Egbado South and Ipokia Federal Constituency.
The case was forwarded to the Committee on Public Petitions, which held its investigative hearing on Wednesday but no customs official was available, including Hameed Ali.
“The petitioner is here but as you can see, the Customs are not here. It is a most pathetic situation,” Acting Chairman of the committee, Mr Lawal Kenken
“From the stamp of the Comptroller-General’s office, they were served this hearing notice and notice of petition was received by the Nigeria Customs on November 6, 2019. Today is November 13, which means they received it seven days ago, and they are not here.”
According to reports, three students of Ojumo Community High School in Ihunbo were reportedly killed on October 7, while market women were injured, when customs officers were chasing a vehicle that illegally crossed the country’s border.