BREAKING: Tragedy As Senior Customs Officer Slumps, Dies During Reps Investigative Hearing

BREAKING: Tragedy As Senior Customs Officer Slumps, Dies During Reps Investigative Hearing

  • A Senior Customs officer passed away while attending a session with the members of the Public Account Committee of the House of Representatives
  • The top NCS official reportedly official developed sudden health complications, he collapsed and was rushed to the National Assembly clinic, where he was attended to but did not survive
  • The House spokesperson, Akin Rotimi, confirmed the unfortunate demise of the NCS official in a statement made available to the press on Tuesday, June 25 journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

An emerging report has it that on Monday, June 25, a senior Customs officer who, while attending a session with the House Committee on Public Accounts, developed health complications and reportedly died at the National Assembly clinic.

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Reps confirm death of top NCS official
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, Tajudeen Abbas. Image for illustration purposes. Photo credit: House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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As reported by The Cable, the deceased, Essien Etop Andrew, was the deputy comptroller of finance administration and technical service at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

How the senior NCS official died

As reported by The Nation, the customs officer was fielding questions from members of the House of Representatives committee on public account when he coughed and slumped.

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Andrew was rushed to the National Assembly Clinic, where he was confirmed dead.

Reps confirmed NCS official dead

The House spokesman, Akintunde Rotimi, confirmed the development via a statement.

As reported by Vanguard, he disclosed that the name of the Customs officer was being kept confidential as a sign of respect for his family.

Rotimi said in the statement:

“It is with deep sadness and regret that we confirm the passing of an esteemed official of the Nigeria Customs Service who was at the National Assembly for an engagement with a House Committee.

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“During the engagement, which occurred around 1.00 pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the official developed sudden health complications. Despite the immediate and diligent efforts of first responders and medical personnel at the National Assembly Clinic, he unfortunately passed away.
“Out of respect for the family, the official’s name will not be disclosed at this time.
“The speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, PhD., expressed his condolences, stating, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a dedicated public servant. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Customs officer slumps, dies at Kano airport

Meanwhile, reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) lost a Comptroller of the trade facilitation unit, Anthony Ayalogu, to the cold hand of death.

Ayalogu reportedly slumped at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano state, slumped and died after all efforts to resuscitate him failed.

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The deceased custom officer was described as a true champion that will surely be missed.


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