The Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has been directed to obey an order of the Supreme Court for reinstatement of Comptroller Abdullahi Bello Gusau.
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) issued the directive.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN ), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, had in April 2017 ordered the Customs to re-instate Gusau, who was wroungfully sacked after the court judgement which was unanimous.
The same court order was 34 months ago handed down (in July 2014) by three justices of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division that the NCS failed to comply with before the apex court affirmed the judgment of the lower court that reinstated Gusau into the Service.
Unhappy with the manner in which he was sacked, Gusau had approached the high court but he lost. Dissatisfied with the judgment, he appealed to the Court of Appeal which ordered his reinstatement, a ruling that was affirmed by the Supreme Court last April.
The appellate court ordered the NCS to allow Abdullahi Bello Gusau to resume work and maintain his position as Comptroller of NCS, to be paid all benefits and emoluments and also to enjoy his lawful promotions.
Gusau was on January 1, 2000 promoted to the rank of Comptroller, before his sack in December 21, 2009 when he was purportedly retired from the Service, with his mates still in service now Deputy Comptroller Generals (DCGs).