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Buhari’s close allies fight dirty

30 December 2016, 08:26

Abuja - Two close allies of President Muhammadu Buhari have been sparring over allegations and counter allegations of unprofessionalism and illegality.

The two close allies are also heads of two key federal agencies.

The two close allies are the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Daura and the Director-General of Nigeian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali.

The disagreement by the two officials appear to confirm insinuations of division among some leading lights of the Buhari administration, reports Premium Times.

The turf war stems from a letter written by Daura to President Buhari on September 8.

In the letter, Daura accused the NCS of introducing a $25 000 as new Temporary Import Permit (TIP), levy on each vessel that berths to discharge petroleum products in Nigeria.

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The said levy, as Daura reported to the President, was illegal as it was not provided for on the PPRA template, not receipted, and could increase the cost of petrol by 56 kobo per litre.

He reported to the President that Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) made the complaint that formed the basis of his memo.

A week after receiving the memo, Buhari forwarded it to Ali, demanding his explanation and response.

In his response, Ali told the President that the SSS under Daura appeared to be more interested in smear campaign and personal vendetta than in thorough investigation and anti-corruption efforts of the administration.

Ali  further said that Daura should be advised to approach issues professionally and not allow sentiments or personal vendetta to drive his actions.

The disagreement between the officials came to light weeks after Daura was caught in another controversy after he levelled allegations against the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, to frustrate the confirmation of his appointment by the Senate.

- News 24

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