Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali
The controversy between the Senate and Comptroller General of Customs, Hameed Ali have gotten more intense as Ali has replied members of the Senate who ordered him to appear before the house on March 15th in his official uniform as a customs officer, saying that he was not appointed to wear uniform.
In an interview with TVC today Ali is quoted as saying: “No! I was not appointed Comptroller General of Customs to wear uniform. Does Uniform work or the person behind the uniform?
“If we suspect that smuggled items are taken into your house, we have the right to cordone that house and go in to search. Am I doing my job or not? I think that should be what should worry the National Assembly.”
Yesterday, the Senate had passed a motion ordering Ali to appear before the house to explain the controversial new policy of Customs Service asking car owners to report to their offices to verify if the import duties for their cars were fully paid for.
The Senate is also angry with Customs officials over the recent trend of storming shops and storage houses to seize items believed to have been smuggled into the country.
Ali has never worn the Customs uniform since assuming office in 2015.
Watch the interview below:
Now that Hammed Ali of @CustomsNG has answered all the questions, should the @NGRSenate still invite him? pic.twitter.com/kxWNHiSyHI
— TVC (@TVCconnect) March 10, 2017