Customs boss, Hameed Ali refuses to appear before lawmakers, writes senate

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The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali, has maintained his stance of not appearing before lawmakers in the Senate to defend his refusal to put on the official uniform of the Nigerian customs.

Ali, in a letter written to the Nigerian senate, notified the lawmakers that he will not appear before them on Wednesday, March 15th,  as expected. ‎

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Ali’s letter was written to lawmakers on Tuesday by the senate’s clerk.Last Thursday, Ali was summoned by the senate over the planned clampdown on vehicles without duty payment. The senate also demanded that Ali must appear before them wearing the appropriate customs uniform which he has never worn since he was appointed to head the Nigerian customs.

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In an earlier response to the summon, Ali urged the lawmakers to focus more on his job than his outfit. In his letter, Ali stated that he could not appear because he had to attend an important NCS meeting. Sen. Ahmed Lawan condemned the letter, stating that the reason was not tenable.

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