JUST IN: 65-Year-Old Nigerian Customs Boss, Hameed Ali Marries New Younger Wife [PHOTOS]
Jun. 01, 2020
Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), over the weekend took Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi as a new wife in a low-key wedding.
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Hameed Ali’s first wife, Hajiya Hadiza Jummai Ali died in Abuja on October 29th, 2018 at the age of 53 years old.
Hajiya Ali who was the first lady of Kaduna State when her husband served as a military administrator of the state from 1996 to 1998, left behind her husband, Hameed Ali and four children.
Born 15 January 1955, the current Customs CG previously served as Military Governor of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998. After retirement, he became secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum – a political and cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria.
Scooper had reported how the NCS recently relased 247 truckloads of food items worth billions of naira for distribution to Nigerians in order to soothe pains caused by the lockdown.
Joseph Attah, Customs’ Spokesman explained that the items valued at N3.250 billion with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2billion was released from warehouse on the order of the President, adding they have been certified for public consumption by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Contained in the truckloads are: 158 trailer load of rice estimated at 46,000 metric tonnes, 30 trucks of vegetable oil with 36,495 units of 25 litre kegs, and 3,428 kegs of palm oil.
Others are 54 trucks containing 136,705 cartons of tomatoes paste, 2,951 cartons of spaghetti and 1,253 packets of noodles, 828 bales of wrappers (Ankara) and 2,300 rolls of lace fabric.
Some of the food items, including rice, have however, been declared unfit for human consumption despite the Service's claim with the NAFDAC denying ever certifying them before distribution.
The Oyo state government said a substantial part of the 1,800 bags of rice supplied to it was infested and would return them.
According to Debo Akande, Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agribusines said, “We received these items from the federal government via the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and we brought them to the warehouse and it was in the process of further inspection that we discovered that almost all the rice has been infested with weevils and some other materials, and on that basis, we formed a committee to re-inspect it so that we can definitely be sure of what we have received.”
“We think this is not definitely in the position of consumption for human beings at this point in time, and as such, the materials cannot be distributed as part of palliatives within the state.
“We don’t want to start providing solution to a problem and then start creating another problem.
“We have inspected it and done a random selection and we have seen that similar things apply across board,” he added.
“We have been instructed and we are following the instructions of the committee as was agreed upon. You will find here with me almost all the commissioners in the committee that are applicable.
“We have agreed to return all these to the source, and if there is any replacement of good quality that could be sent to us, we will be glad enough to receive it.”
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