The Senate on Thursday summoned the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, to appear “unfailingly” in his “appropriate” uniform next Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
The Senate summon is not unrelated to the service’s action against owners of vehicles not duly registered with the service.
It is understood that the legislators are pushing for drastic action against the NCS and its D-G over the refusal to suspend action on the proposed clamp down on vehicles without duty payment, as ordered by the legislature.
The decision by the senate follows a motion raised by Senator Dino Melaye (APC –Kogi), which drew the attention of his colleagues to the refusal of the Customs to suspend the plan against vehicles without duty payment.
The Senate had recently directed the Customs to stop the plan to punish anyone who failed to pay duties on vehicles within a month of bringing them into the country.
The motion as stated on a publication in Daily Sun newspaper of March 9, reads: “Customs dares Senate, says no going back on implementation of duties on old vehicles”.
A number of the Senators, including Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara), Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba), Aliyu Wamako (APC-Sokoto), and Solomon Olamilekan (APC-Lagos), supported the call that Mr. Ali, a retired army colonel who has refused to wear the customs uniform, presents himself before the Senate.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided on Thursday, then issued the ruling.
In his remarks, Ekweremadu said that the activities of customs lately had been of concern to all.
“Part of our responsibilities as parliamentarians is to maintain peace. And anything that will cause breach of the peace, then it is our responsibility to ensure that we stop it.
“While we fight corruption, we must also in equal measure fight impunity. We cannot allow impunity to take root in this country,” he said.