Contesting elective office while still in service: Legislator petitions Customs officer
By Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim
A Kano House of Assembly member from Dala Local Government Constituency, Hon. Babangida Alhassan Yakudima, who is also the elected member for the House of Representatives, from Dala Federal Constituency under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) has sent a petition to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service against Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Aminu Bashir Ibrahim.
Hon. Yakudima, through his solicitor, I. G. Waru & Co, petitioned that Aminu Bashir Ibrahim (ASC Bashir A. I. ) with Customs Service number (NCS 53422), voluntarily resigned from the service, since August 24 last year through the Tin Can Island Port Command, but records available show that he is still in active service.
In a petition to the Comptroller General of the Service dated February 4, 2019 and signed by Ibrahim Waru, it stated that: “Our Client informed us and all documents available show that Bashir Aminu Ibrahim, who was Superintendent of Customs, has by a letter addressed to your good office through the Customs Area Comptroller, Tin Can Island, Port Command, dated and received on the 24th August, 2018 has voluntarily resigned from the service of the Nigeria Customs Service.”
The copy of the petition made available to journalists in Kano stated that: “Having voluntarily resigned one would not expect him at the moment to be in the active service of the Nigeria Customs Service and receiving salaries, allowances and other emoluments of the office.”
While alleging that Aminu Bashir Ibrahim has been receiving salaries and other emoluments from the Service, the petition explained further that: “Copies of the payment slips evidencing the…received salaries for the months of August, September, October, November, December 2018 and January 2019 are herewith attached…”
Yakudima urged that: “Against the above background, we urge you Sir to kindly cause a discreet investigation to be carried out in ensuring that justice is done in the circumstances.”
Similar petition, with the same content was also sent to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), all with a view to calling the person to order.
The Triumph’s investigation revealed that Aminu Bashir Ibrahim had contested for the seat of House of Representatives from Dala Federal Constituency and lost to Yakudima at primary election level.
Another allegation leveled against Aminu Bashir Ibrahim was, being a biological son of a close ally to President Muhammadu Buhari; Bashir Ibrahim of Gwammaja quarters, in Dala Local Government Area was the reason behind his conduct.
When contacted, Aminu Bashir Ibrahim dismissed the allegation and told The Triumph that he has resigned from the Service and is no longer receiving salary.