Against reports in various papers (excluding LEADERSHIP) that the recently appointed Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali, is yet to resume office, the new CG arrived the Customs Headquarters unannounced at 11: 30am with a couple of aides and headed straight for his office without the knowledge of the Acting CG, John Atte.

Decked in a brown kaftan, Col. Ali arrived the Headquarters at 11: 30am and left at 11:52am, spending about 30 minutes. It was some officers who informed the Acting CG that Col. Ali had arrived and he promptly went to receive the new CG who was headed to the office of the former CG, Dikko Inde.

At the office, Col. Ali was said to have looked around after which he left the headquarters at 11:52.

Speculations are rife that Ali, appointed on Thursday along with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service Kure Martin Abeshi and two others, with effect from August 27, may not be keen on the appointment they were offered.

Ali has been Buhariís Chief of Staff for nearly five years, until Buhari won the presidential elections in April and took office as president.

He and others that had worked for Buhari, either as a retired army general or a candidate running for office, have remained close to Buhari, even when he had moved into the Presidential Villa.