Top Customs officer Essien Andrew slumps, dies during grilling by Reps Committee


Nigeria Customs Service

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

Essien Andrew, a deputy comptroller in charge of Finance, Administration, and Technical Service the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) collapsed and died in the National Assembly on Tuesday during appearance before a committee of House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts.

Andrew, according to eyewitnesses coughed and requested water, but collapse before his request could be met. He was rushed to the National Assembly Clinic where he was confirmed dead.

Akin Rotimi, the spokesperson of the House confirmed the demise of the top Customs officers during his appearance before the House Committee.

According to him, Andrew during the engagement which occurred around 1.00pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 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.

He added that the House of Representatives will support efforts to probe the circumstances surrounding the sudden demise of the customs officer.

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Rotimi also extended the condolences of the leadership and members of House of Representatives to the Nigerian Customs Services as well as family of the deceased officer.

“The House of Representatives extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time. We recognize the significant contributions he made to the Nigeria Customs Service and to 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, 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.”

“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@, Rotimi said.

“Our sympathies are with his loved ones.”

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