Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Customs, was spotted on Tuesday flying first class on British Airways flight from London to Abuja.
Few months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive banning public officials from flying first class. According to an exclusive report by PREMIUM TIMES, the BA flight BA83 which took off from Gate 43 of Heathrow Terminal 5, London, on Tuesday, nearly an hour behind its scheduled 10.43pm departure time, arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday morning at about 5a.m, with Mr. Ali on board.
Several passengers also testified that they saw Mr. Ali seated in the First Class compartment of the aircraft during the flight. However, When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the customs spokesperson, Wale Adeniyi, on Thursday, he confirmed Mr. Ali was on the BA flight, but that he travelled on a business class ticket.