Hammed Ali, comptroller-general of Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Thursday told senators why he appeared before them in mufti and not in the organisation’s uniform. Ali said the letter written to him to by the senate didn’t state he appear compulsorily in uniform. But his explanation didn’t sit well with the presiding deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who told Ali the second letter was sequel to an earlier one in which he was asked to wear a uniform.
During the debate, Senator Ibn Na’Allah (APC) said the NCS was similar to other paramilitary organisations, like the Police, and requires its head to adorn a uniform.
Based on this, Senator George Sekibo (APC, Rivers) moved a motion, which was seconded by Senator Barnabas Gemade (APC, Benue), that Hammed Ali compulsorily wear uniform and appear before it on Thursday.