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Faceoff: Senate walks out Hameed Ali for not wearing customs uniform

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…Austin Obande 


The Nigerian Senate has walked out the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hammed Ali (rtd), for not wearing the service uniform.


Ali decided to appear before the Senate after the upper chamber of the National Assembly threatened to issue warrant of arrest on him if he fails to appear on Thursday



Immediately Ali was invited to the chamber, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the sitting welcomed him and asked the CG to explain why he was not appearing in uniform as directed in the Senate resolution.


In his reaction, Ali said the letter he received from the Senate did not specify he should wear uniform. He added that there is no law to his knowledge that the CGC must wear uniform and he is currently seeking legal advice on the issue.


But the Senate Deputy Majority leader Senator Ibn Na’allah referred the embattled Comptroller-General to relevant section of the custom act that mandates the CGC to wear uniform. He mentioned section 7 sub section 2, section 8 and section 10 of the custom act


In his contribution Senator Jubrin Barau advised the CGC to go back and comply with the Senate resolution before appearing before the Senate.


Senator Adeola Olamilakon supported the position of Barau. Effort by Senator Ali Wakil who said he had advised the CGC to change his position from Comptroller-General to Sole Administrator to plea with his colleagues to accept the CG did not go down well with most of the Senators.


At this point Senator Sekibo came with a motion that Ali should appear before the Senate next week Wednesday wearing his uniform. His motion was seconded Senator Bananas Gemade.


Before putting the motion into voting, Ekweremadu said section 2 of the custom act define a custom officer and wearing uniform is what make the CG an officer.


When he put the motion into voting, it was unanimously accepted by the Senators


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