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You Must Appear In Uniform, Senate Tells Custom Boss

by on March 9, 2017
 

Hameed Ali, the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Custom Service(NCS) has been summoned by the senate over the plan to seize vehicles without paid duty.

The upper legislative chamber, on Tuesday directed customs to suspend the action, but they still went ahead to offer 60 percent rebate on the duty.

This prompted the senate to summon Ali, and instructed him to appear in customs uniform.

Senator Dino Melaye while moving a motion on the floor of the senate said “The senate will take a resolution and an agency of government will have the temerity, will have the guts, the strength to blatantly disregard the Nigerian senate. It is a very dark day for democracy”.

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“As a member of the customs committee, I want to educate some of us, the position of Comptroller-general of customs has a rank…. When he appeared before the committee, I asked why he does not wear uniform, and he said uniformed men don’t wear uniform twice.

“I reminded him that he retired as a colonel and that a general was appointed as the corps marshal of the FRSC, and he proudly wore the uniform of FRSC.

“We need to check this properly, we are taking a decision on behalf of the people, and an agency decides to disrespect the Nigerian senate? If they are taking duty on Nigerian roads, and the president is passing, no customs officer will stop him and ask for papers, they will rather salute him.

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“The senate has resolved that we invite Mr. Ali to appear in plenary with his uniform to either justify or falsify this statement.”

After the motion was put to a voice vote, it was resolved that Ali should appear on Wednesday

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  • akin sodimu
    March 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    The Custom Boss, Hammed Alli is experienced enough to understand that rudeness or insult to the Senate, is insult to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. One thing we should ask him is, where is your military discipline as a one time army officer? The Senate should sanction him, if found guilty after diligent investigation as to his recalcitrant posture to the Senate. The rigorous and foolish exercise of compelling owners of old vehicles to be paying custom duties for their vehicles if they don’t have the authentic custom papers is completely an absolute shame on the customs, they should be charged for negligence of duty, and also compounding the economic problems and challenges of an average Nigerian. The question we should ask the customs is this, where were they when those old vehicles came in, I think the customs are just playing to the gallery, but it is perfectly good as the Senate has invited the Custom Boss to investigate their wicked and inconsiderate action.

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