The Lingering battle on the senate's directive to customs comptroller general on wearing its uniform took another turn yesterday when federal government stood uptight, affirming that the custom Boss will not wear complete uniform as against the position of the senate resolution, after showing the custom boss the way out of its plenary in its last sitting for not yielding to directives of appearing in uniform.
The Customs boss, who is billed to appear before the Senate today in uniform will not do so, just as he had cited the constitution and also for the fact that the case on whether he should war uniform or not, was already in court.
Urban Express News Online Gathered yesterday that in a letter to the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had written that Hammed Ali will not come in complete uniform because someone has gone to court to challenge the process.
According to the letter, Malami has asked the Senate to hands off the matter against the backdrop that they were already in court to challenge it whether the Senate has the powers to oversight the Customs Comptroller General as well as have the right to compel him to wear uniforms. In the letter, the Attorney- General was said to have said that there was no way the Senate could force Ali to wear uniforms when President Muhammadu Buhari does not wear military uniform as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
He was said to have accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of not wearing his complete legislative regalia in line with legislative conventions. But reacting to the development, the Senate said that no court of law can stop it from carrying out its responsibilities in line with the constitution and the Senate Standing Orders 2015, as amended. Speaking with journalist yesterday, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, who admitted that the Senate had received the letter from the Presidency written by the Attorney- General through the Clerk of the Senate, said that there was no cause for alarm. According to him, the leadership of the Senate was yet to discuss the letter, as there will be no direct response to it, adding that the bone of contention now had to do with the issue of wearing uniform and not appearing to tell the Senate the proposed policies of Customs.
Senator Sabi Abdullahi said, “There is a communication, although I have not seen the content. So, I won’t be able to make any categorical comment on it. There is no cause for alarm, we will remain guided by our rules and the constitution of the country and to work in the interest of Nigerians and for Nigeria
It would be recalled that for not wearing complete uniform as instructed, the Senate had on Thursday last week, walked out the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, rtd and asked him come back next week Wednesday in complete Customs Uniforms. He was asked to leave the plenary because rather than wear complete Customs Uniform, he appeared in white Kaftan, white cap and black shoes.
Ali, who arrived the Senate at about 9.30am, was ushered into the Senate chamber at 12, 05 pm and was promptly asked by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the sitting, why he was not in uniform, just as it took the Senators some 40 minutes to deliberate on Ali’s matter before he was sent out of the chamber for what the lawmakers, termed, improper dressing. The Customs boss who came with all Customs officers who all wore Uniform, was asked to leave the chambers at 12.40 pm. The lawmakers had insisted on Wednesday last week that Ali must appear before them on Thursday unfailingly after he had submitted a letter to the office of Senate President Bukola Saraki to explain his inability to appear at the Wednesday’s plenary.