Nigerian Senators, Customs Boss In New FACE-OFF
It was meant to be a routine visit, but yesterday’s oversight duty by senators at the Customs headquarters turned out to be more. It sparked another confrontation between them and Comptroller General (CG) Colonel Hameed Ali (retd.).
The Senate and Col. Ali had a long row over his refusal to appear before the upper chamber in uniform.
The drama yesterday was triggered by remarks made by the Chairman ad- hoc committee on “Economic Waste in the Nigerian Customs Service”, Senator Dino Melaye, over the manner in which the Senate delegation was received at the Customs Abuja headquarters.
Melaye noted that Col. Ali, by way of protocol, should have come down from his office to welcome the committee members into the premises.
The Kogi West lawmaker said it was a breach of protocol for the CG to casually meet the delegation at the conference room.