Chris Steven, Abuja
For daring to appear before the lawmakers without wearing the uniform as he was instructed, Senate on Thursday sent the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali away from the hallowed chamber.
This is coming on the heels of a letter written by Ali to the Senate on Wednesday explaining that he was seeking legal advice on the issue of wearing of uniform.
There has been a strained relationship between the Senate and the Customs boss over vehicle duty payment policy recently introduced and the decision of the CG not to wear uniform in the course of discharging his duties which the Senate finds offensive.
The senators were angry that Ali did not put on Customs uniform, saying that as the head of Customs, he should live by example.
Ali, who appeared in ‘kaftan’ defied the lawmakers’ order that he should come in uniform.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had asked the Customs boss why he failed to appear before the lawmakers in uniform as requested.
Ali’s reply was that the Senate did not state in its last letter to him that he should appear in uniform.