HAMEED ALI MAKES U-TURN AGAIN, SAYS HE WILL NOT APPEAR BEFORE SENATE ON WEDNESDAY
|Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.)|
The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), says he would not honour the invitation of the Nigerian Senate to appear before it on Wednesday, March 22.
Recall that the Nigerian Senate had on Thursday (March 9), asked the Customs boss to appear before it “unfailingly” on Wednesday (March 15) in uniform depicting his rank as the Director General of the Nigeria Customs Service, stating that Ali would not be admitted into the chamber if he fails to appear in the uniform of the service showing his rank as the DG.
Reacting to the summons, Ali told the Senate, in a letter, that he would not appear before the lawmakers on Wednesday, March 15 as his summons to the Red chamber coincided with the routine management meeting of the NCS.
Ali however requested the upper chamber of the National Assembly to fix another date for his appearance.
He however made a u-turn as he honoured the invitation on Thursday, March 16, thereby appearing before the senate in white native attire and a white cap.
Displeased with his appearance, the Senate had last week summoned Ali to re-appear before it in his uniform after he was walked out by the lawmakers for wearing mufti.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, after observing his prayers at the presidential villa mosque, Ali told journalists: “The case is in court already. Somebody has sued us. It is subjudice. I have gotten my writ of summons and they said status quo should remain ante which means nothing moves until the court makes a pronouncement.
“A private individual sued all of us, he wants an interpretation of the section that is in contention. I don’t want to talk so that I am not held in contempt of court.” He added.
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