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Fresh showdown imminent as Senate summons Customs boss

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The Senate Wednesday summoned the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), over the ban on fuel supply to communities close to the nation’s borders.

The Senate mandated its Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to summon the Customs chief in a bid to work out a viable economic framework/policy that could further mitigate the sufferings of the people and communities across the border areas.

The committee has also been asked to ensure a steady supply of petroleum products through the identified suppliers and registered filling stations across all the border towns and communities as a temporary palliative measures.

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The upper legislative chamber charged the committee to initiate a holistic policy approach on the matter.

The senate resolutions were sequel to a motion titled: “The need to revisit the suspension of fuel supply to border towns,” sponsored by Senator Tolulope Odebiyi and co-sponsored by Senator Francis Fadahunsi.

Presenting the motion, Odebiyi said the Federal Government had recorded remarkable progress in the quest to stop smuggling since the border closure.

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