Senate Walks Out Hameed Ali, Customs CG

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The Senate on Thursday walked out Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service‎, Hameed Ali, from the Red chamber over his failure to wear his uniform as resolved.The Customs CG had appeared before the Senate in a white caftan ‎to address the lawmakers on the Customs decision to introduce vehicles duty on cars already in use.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, threw the first punch at Ali when he asked him why he refused to wear his uniform as demanded by the Senate.

The Customs CG in response disclosed that there is no place in the law that mandated him to wear the uniform while performing his duty as the Customs CG and also there was no where in the letter inviting him that said he should wear any uniform while coming to the Senate.

However, many senators who spoke on the floor said that the Customs CG can only address the Senate if he puts on the uniform of the Customs.

The motion to send the Customs CG away was moved by Senator George Sekibo.

It was seconded by Senator Barnabas Gemade.

They said Ali must come next week Wednesday in his uniform for the conversation on the issue of duty on old vehicles.