ABUJA: The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has directed the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court that ordered the reinstatement of a retired Comptroller, Abdullahi Gusau.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, while delivering a unanimous judgment in April, had ordered the Customs to reinstate Gusau, who was wrongfully sacked. Unhappy with the manner in which he was sacked, Gusau had approached the high court. The judgment did not however go in his favour. Dissatisfied with the judgment, he proceeded to the Court of Appeal which ordered his reinstatement, a ruling that was affirmed by the Supreme Court in April. The appellate court ordered the NCS to re-absorb Gusau and retain his position as comptroller, pay all his benefits and accord him his promotions. Gusau was promoted to the rank of a comptroller on January 1, 2000. He was retired on December 21, 2009.