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I won’t appear on Wednesday – Customs boss tells Senate

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The comptroller general, Nigeria customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), has informed the Senate that he would not appear before the lawmakers on Wednesday, March 15.

Customs boss Hameed Ali defies Senate directive to appear on Wednesday
The Senate has rejected Ali’s letter requesting for another date for his appearance.
Hameed Ali, in a letter to the upper chamber said he could appear before the lawmakers on the said date as it coincided with the routine management of the NCS, Top naija reported

The Customs boss requested that the upper chamber of the National Assembly fix another date for his appearance.

Ali’s letter requesting for another date for his appearance was read to lawmakers at the plenary on on Tuesday, March 14.

The letter was signed by an assistant comptroller general.

But the senate has dismissed the letter and told Hameed he must appear tomorrow in uniform.
The lawmakers also condemned Ali for relegating the Senate and for failing to personally sign the letter.

Recall that the Nigerian Senate and Hameed Ali have been at odds over the refusal of the customs boss to wear the uniform of the service to show his designation.

The Senate had also threatened to recommend Hameed Ali for the sack if he fails to obey its order on the suspension of the policy on the collection of duties on old vehicles.
Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district moved a motion during plenary on Thursday, March 9 that the Customs boss must be called to order.
Melaye said reports on the newspapers of Thursday that the Customs would continue with policy as against the Senate’s order was a coup on democracy and would not be accepted.

He prayed that Hameed Ali should be re-summoned and made to appear live in plenary and not before senate committee on customs. He must also be in Customs uniform.


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