The Senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Adeola has asked the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd) to resign if he cannot wear Customs uniform.
Speaking in a statement by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro on Sunday, Adeola stated that the present administration isn’t that of former military head of State, Late Gen. Sani Abacha ‘when a Sole Administrator was appointed to head the Nigerian Customs’.
The statement reads, “We have had a Major General, Haladu Hanniya as head of FRSC wearing the agency’s uniform as well as a Major Danjuma Maigari wearing even the KAI uniform in Lagos State, all in a bid to promote agencies they lead.
“This is not the Abacha military era when a Sole Administrator was appointed to head the Nigerian Customs.
“Except in covert operations, an officer in these organizations operating without uniform could be taken to be performing illegal duty or worse, be taken as not representing the institution at all.
“And as stated on the floor of the Senate in plenary, the Comptroller General is a rank that can only be worm on uniform and not on mufti.”
Hameed Ali has been at loggerhead with the Nigerian Senate over the wearing of Customs uniform. Ali had affirmed that he cannot wear Customs uniform because he’s a former Army officer.