‘Appear Before Us In Your Uniform’ – Senate Orders Customs CG, Hameed Ali

Hameed Ali

The senate, yesterday, ordered the Comptroller General of Custom, Hameed Ali, to appear before it on March 15th in his complete Customs Officers uniform.

The senate gave the order following the refusal of Customs to comply with its directive to suspend the collection of duty on old vehicles.

Hameed who is a retired Nigerian Army Colonel, has never worn the Customs officers uniform since assuming office in August 2015 and had earlier been challenged by the Senate on the issue.

The senate, visibly angered by the dealings in the customs, during plenary on Tuesday ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to suspend its directive to collect duties on old vehicles whose importer might have failed to pay for duties while importing the car into the country.

It would be recalled that Customs had sent out a circular informing old car owners to go to the nearest Customs office to verify if the duties of their cars were fully paid for as cars with unpaid duties would be impounded.

Despite the Senate’s directive to suspend the order, Customs still insisted on going ahead with its own directive. This decision apparently irked the senators who during its plenary today ordered that the Customs Boss, Hameed Ali appear before them on March 15th.

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