Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial district moved a motion during plenary on Thursday, March 9 that the Customs boss must be called to order.
Melaye said reports on the newspapers of Thursday that the Customs would continue with policy as against the Senate’s order was a coup on democracy and would not be accepted.
He prayed that Hameed Ali should be re-summoned and made to appear live in plenary and not before senate committee on customs. He must also be in Customs uniform.
Speaking in support, Senator Solomon Adeola from Lagos South West said:
“It is high time we put to a stop the high-handedness of the comptroller-general of customs.
“He has been acting as if he is the commander in chief of Nigeria. Take for instance the issue of Nigeria Customs uniform.
“He is receiving salutes and making parades in mufti. Under him, custom is doing bad, they behave like gangsters.
“They are burgling shops, carting away bags of rice and stealing money from safe.
“He could be recommended for a sack if this continues.”
Senator Attai Aidoko Kogi East
Hameed Ali is incompetent. The Customs revenue has dropped greatly because of his gross incompetence. He now wants to beef up earnings through the back door with this policy. He cannot do that because it will cause chaos in the society.
Deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary in the absence of Senate president Bukola Saraki, says the actions of the Customs is becoming worrying.