Hammed Ali

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Hammed Ali
Comptroller-General of Nigerian Customs Service
Assumed office
August 2015
Preceded by Abdullahi Dikko
Administrator of Kaduna State
In office
22 August 1996 – August 1998
Preceded by Lawal Jafaru Isa
Succeeded by Umar Farouk Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1955-01-15) 15 January 1955 (age 62)
Bauchi, Nigeria
Military service
Service/branch Nigerian Army
Rank Colonel

Hammed Ibrahim Ali (born 15 January 1955) is a retired Nigerian Army Colonel and current Comptroller General of The Nigerian Customs Service. He was appointed to the Comptroller General position by President Muhammadu Buhari on 27 August 2015.[1] Col. Ali served as Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Nigeria (August 1996 - August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha[2] He is married to one wife and has 4 children. As governor, in October 1997 he sacked about 30,000 striking civil servants in Kaduna State, and detained 18 local government chairmen.[3] A journalist who reported on the sackings was allegedly arrested, severely beaten, then taken to the Government House and further tortured.[4] The story published in Tempo Magazine was entitled “Goodbye Justice”. The story was later discredited and proven to be false.[5]

After retirement, he became Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern lobbying group, and a supporter of Major General Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to run for president.[6] In June 2006 Ali stated that the North would regain the presidency in 2007.[7] He supported Vice President Atiku Abubakar's comments to the effect that president Olusegun Obasanjo would honour his pledge to vacate office in 2007.[8]


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  2. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  3. ^ The news, Volume 11, Issues 1-11. Independent Communications Network Ltd. 1998. p. 25. 
  4. ^ "Three journalists arrested". International Freedom of Expression eXchange. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Attacks On The Media In October 1997". Media Rights Agenda. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  6. ^ Ali M. Ali (2003-01-01). "Four Ex-military Govs Pledge Support for Buhari". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  7. ^ "AREWA Youth jettisoned quest for a Northern Presidency" (PDF). The Guardian. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  8. ^ Dapo Olufade & Emeka Mamah (6 September 2005h). "Arewa Faults Obasanjo on Rift with Atiku.". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-05-27.