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Metro Nigeria Customs Reverses Policy On Payment of Vehicle Duties

Hameed Ibrahim

Ali on Monday had written the Senate that he would not be able to honour the invitation due to an official assignment.

Senator Manager's position was unanimously taken by the Senators as Senate President Bukola Saraki who presided over plenary insisted that the customs boss must appear on Uniform tomorrow.

In a letter to the Senate and signed by an Assistant Comptroller - General, Hameed Ali asked the Senate to differ the date of his appearance against the backdrop that the summon coincides with the Routine Management meeting of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS.

However, when the second letter was read on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday as the reason for the CG absence at the plenary, numerous senators were further infuriated.

Speaking at plenary on Wednesday, Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zanfara) described Ali's action as an affront and a slight on the Senate.

"This Senate should use the processes of section 89 to compel the CG to appear tomorrow the 16th of March, he said".

He said that it was wrong for a military officer, who should be grounded in discipline to disrespect the institution of the Senate.

But Customs' spokesperson, Joseph Attah, informed our correspondent that his principal was involved in "further communication" with senators about the stand-off.

TheNewsGuru.com reports that as a way of parcifying the already enraged senators, the Customs CG suspended the policy to impound vehicles without duty payment.

Despite the condemnation, Customs Service doubled-down on its directive by ordering vehicle owners and dealers to comply, failing which their cars would be impounded.

He also addressed the issue of his refusal to wear the Customs uniform as directed by the Senate explaining that he is seeking legal advise on the issue.

Saraki also told his colleagues Mr. Ali visited him Tuesday evening and made commitment to suspend the policy on duty payment.