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Customs Officer Dies at Reps Investigative Hearing

Customs Officer Dies at Reps Investigative Hearing
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The Deputy Comptroller of Finance Administration and Technical Service of the Nigerian Customs Service, Essien Etop Andrew, passed away on Tuesday at the National Assembly Clinic in Abuja.

Andrew was attending a Public Accounts Committee hearing of the House of Representatives for questioning as part of an ongoing probe into revenue-generating agencies and government parastatals. While addressing the committee on the remittance of levies into designated government accounts, Andrew abruptly paused and said, “Sir, I need to take water.”

Committee Chairman Bamidele Salam responded, “You need to take water, sir? Yes, go ahead! Or if you need tea… Do you need tea?”

Andrew repeated, “I may need to take water,” before collapsing. Despite immediate efforts by first responders and medical personnel, he was pronounced dead at the National Assembly Clinic.

The House of Representatives later confirmed his death in a statement by its spokesman, Akin Rotimi. The statement read:

“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.

During the engagement, which occurred around 1 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 House of Representatives extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time. We recognise the significant contributions he made to the Nigeria Customs Service and our nation.

The House of Representatives stands ready to support efforts to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident and is cooperating fully with all relevant authorities to ensure all necessary protocols are followed.

The Speaker of the House, Tajudeen Abbas 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.”

The House of Representatives has pledged full cooperation with relevant authorities in investigating the incident.

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