BREAKING: Senate walks out Customs Boss over uniform

Hameed Ali at NASS
Customs Boss, Col Hameed Ali, on arrival at NASS

By Olusegun Lawrence 

For disregarding the demand to appear before it in uniform, the Senate on Thursday walked out the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd).

Ali, was summoned to appear before the Senate at plenary in his uniform to explain the rationale behind the now suspended vehicle duty policy.

He however, appeared at the Red Chamber in white caftan, a situation that again angered the Senators.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, asked why he was not in his Customs uniform as demanded.

Responding, the Customs Boss said no law mandates him to wear uniform while discharging his duties.

He also faulted the letter from the Senate summoning him, saying it did not state that he should appear in uniform.

In their contributions, many Senators posited that Mr Ali should not be allowed to address the plenary in mufti.

Consequent upon the consensus views expressed, Senator George Sekibo, moved the motion to walk the embattled Customs Boss out and was seconded by Senator Barnabas Gemade.

However, Mr Ali has again been directed to return to the Senate next week Wednesday in Customs uniform.

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