The Senate on Thursday chased away the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, after he appeared before its chamber in mufti.
The Customs CG was ordered to go home and return next week Wednesday being the 22nd of March 2017 in uniform.
It is understood that Ali, who dressed in white Caftan, white cap and black shoes to match, arrived the premises around 8:00am and by 9:30am, and went straight to the office of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, where he met with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Ali’s appearance without uniform, on Thursday, after his ‘initial’ failure to appear on Wednesday, was in contradiction to the resolution of the Senate which sought that he must wear “appropriate” uniform to brief them over the now suspended policy on duty payment.
This greatly displeased the legislators, who unanimously resolved to drive him away following George Sekibo’s motion.
When asked by Ekweremadu why he failed to appear before the lawmakers in uniform as requested, Ali said the Senate did not state in its last letter to him that he should appear in uniform.
“Coming was just one part of our invitation, another part is that you wear uniform. Why are you not in uniform?” Ekweremadu queried Ali, after he observed protocols.
The Customs CG then craved the indulgence of the Deputy Senate to refer to the letter forwarded to him on Wednesday.
After reading the content of the letter, he said, “this letter did not connote that I should wear uniform.”