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Nigerian Customs deputy comptroller slumps, dies during interrogation before federal lawmakers

A Deputy Comptroller of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Essien Andrew, in charge of Finance, Administration, and Technical Service died on Tuesday after collapsing during questioning before a House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts.

Penpushing reports that Andrew was answering questions on the revenue of the service when he coughed and requested water, but before he could be given water, he collapsed and was rushed to the National Assembly Clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

The spokesperson of the House, Akin Rotimi who announced the sad development in a statement said the Deputy Comptroller of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) developed health complications during the interaction with the lawmakers.

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“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’, the statement reads.

“During the engagement, which occurred around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 June 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’, Rotimi said.

“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. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. We ask for patience and respect for the privacy of the family during this period of mourning.”

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