A Federal High Court in Abuja has barred the Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali from appearing before the Senate, Wednesday.
This is based on a law suit filed at court, Tuesday, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/207/2017, by a lawyer, Mohammed Ibrahim.
The court has asked that the status quo be maintained pending the determination of the matter before it.
The plaintiff is contending, among others, that it was not within the powers of the Senate to dictate to Ali, who was appointed by the President pursuant to the President’s powers under sections 5 and 171 of the Constitution, how to conduct himself.
Ali, who was walked out from the Senate last week for not appearing in uniform, was due to appear again before Senate on Wednesday, this time in uniform.
Reacting Tuesday, Ali said he would obey the order of the law court. He said somebody has gone to court over the issue, while the court had ordered status quo to be maintained.
Ali, who was cited at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa after attending a meeting at the State House, spoke with State House correspondents.
He said “The case is in court already. Somebody has sued us. It is subjudice. I have gotten my writ of summons and they said status quo should remain ante which means nothing should move until the court makes a pronouncement”, he said.