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Hameed Ali’s protests rocks Onitsha

Business activities were partially disrupted early Wednesday in Onitsha Anambra state as aggrieved Nigerians demanding the sack of Hameed Ali took to the street to protest the policies of the Customs Controller General.

The protest came few hours after senators again blew hot over Ali’s refusal to honour their invitation with claims that he was bereaved.

The protests is coordinated by civil society organizations.

The protesters reportedly said the Ali was tired of his job and needed to go.

The aggrieved further said Nigerians are not happy with the controversial custom duty planned to be imposed on cars in the country.

Ali is currently on the hot seat for allegedly disrespecting the Senate. Though he visited Bukola Saraki, the Senate president late Tuesday, March 14, tempers are said to have risen on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday when he did not turn-up.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Customs Service has suspended the policy on duties for vehicle.

A statement signed by Joseph Attah, the acting public relations officer of the NCS, said: Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse.

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