The Customs boss, Hameed Ali could not appear before the Senate in uniforms, so he simply failed to appear before it on Wednesday.

Ali said he could not come because he lost a relative.

“I’ll make myself available whenever I’m needed in future,” the Customs CG told the Senate in his second letter which was read at the plenary on Wednesday.

Saraki also read a statement issued by the NCS, in which the service said the policy on payments of duties on old vehicles had been ‘put on hold’.

The lawmakers have, however, expressed their dissatisfaction with Ali’s excuses for his absence.