The Senate has again directed the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, to return to the chamber on Wednesday next week fully dressed like a Customs Officer, reflecting his rank as the CG.
The resolution was passed on Thursday, during plenary, when the Customs boss appeared as was ordered on Wednesday but without his uniform.
Senators took turn to express their dissatisfaction with the conduct of Hameed Ali, who is a retired Colonel in the Nigerian Army in refusing to appear in Customs uniform.
Col. Ali was earlier billed to appear before the senate on Wednesday to explain the rationale behind the now suspended policy by the Customs, designed to compel vehicle owners without authentic custom duty papers to pay the duty.
The policy has been criticised as it will punish people for offences they never committed.
On Wednesday, Col. Ali wrote the Senate claiming that he cannot appear due to an already scheduled management meeting of the Nigerian Customs Service.
The senate through a motion moved by George Sekibo and seconded by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, made an order compelling the Customs CG to appear on Thursday without failing. No mention of appearing in uniform was however made in the motion for appearance on Thursday.
In making the ruling for another opportunity for Col. Ali to appear on Wednesday, March 22, Deputy President of the Senate who presided over plenary urged the CG to lead the customs by example by putting on the uniform that will reflect his rank.