Uniform: Customs boss Ali visits Villa, to shun Senate invitation tomorrow

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The face-off between the Senate and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, over the wearing of uniform is far from over.

The Customs boss was at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday and hinted that he would not honour the invitation extended to him by the Senate to appear in uniform.

The Customs CG was addressing State House correspondents shortly after stepping out from the mosque located beside the President’s Office.

The upper legislative chamber had, last Thursday, for showing up in mufti, turned back Ali and asked him to appear at plenary tomorrow in complete Customs uniform.

Ali had, however, told the senators that he was not aware of any law compelling him to wear the Customs uniform and that his letter of appointment did not ask him to do so.

The customs boss, who jokingly that told journalists that kaftan is his uniform, said his appearance at the Senate plenary would be subjudice.

Ali explained that he had secured the writ of summons from the case filed over the issue by a concerned individual.

He stated: “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, you move 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.”