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Breaking: Go home, return on Wednesday in uniform, Senate orders Customs boss

The Senate has ordered the Comptroller-General Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, rtd. to go home and return next week Wednesday being the 22nd of March 2017 in .

At the plenary today, the Senate, in a voice vote mandated the Customs boss to come in uniform on Wednesday 22nd March, 2017. Recall that Mr. Ali stormed the Senate Chambers Thursday without wearing the complete Customs Uniform as directed by the Senate. Ali who entered the Chambers at 12 noon began answering questions from the Senators on why he did not wear Uniform. He arrived the National Assembly around at past 8am and at 9.30 am, he went straight to the office of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki where he met with with the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Ali who dressed in white Caftan, white cap and black shoes to match, went to Enang’s office at 10.36am shortly after Ekweremadu and other principal officers entered the chambers. However, in his answer to the Senators, Ali told them that he has no knowledge of any law which compels him to wear uniform. It would be recalled that the Senate yesterday mandated the NCS boss to appear before it today at 10am and explain why he has refused to honour the invitation of the upper chambers to come and explain his action on the implementation of the controversial policy. The decision of the Senate yesterday followed a motion by Senator George Sekibo, PDP, Rivers East who relied on Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria( as amended) and seconded by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

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