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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Senior Customs officer dies during hearing on financial activities, Reps react

Senior Customs officer dies during hearing on financial acti

A Deputy Controller of Customs, DC Etuk Essien, on Tuesday, collapsed and died at the National Assembly, during an investigative hearing.

 Essien, until his death, was the DCG in charge of Revenue Generation of the Nigerian Customs Service.

He was summoned by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Account, for explanations over some funds at the Service.

But barely few minutes into the hearing, which was held at the Committee room, 4th floor of the House of Representatives new building, the Customs Boss felt unease and collapsed.

"At first, the Lawmakers thought it was not real. He started coughing and they requested that water be given him to drink.

"Despite drinking the water, he was still coughing and later started coughing blood. Which made those around to quickly conduct a cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR and he was subsequently rushed to the National Assembly Clinic", a source at the hearing told our Corespondent.

 This development led to the abrupt discontinuation of the investigative hearing, as Lawmakers were seeing running up and down the complex, in anxiety of the Custom Boss, who was been resuscitated at the Clinic.

The Spokesperson of the House, Hon. Akin Rotimi Jnr, later confirmed the death of the DCG in a 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.

"During the engagement, which occurred around 1.00pm 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", Rotimi Jnr said.

The House further said it would not disclose the identity of the said Customs Officer, "out of respect for the family", but extended heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time.

Rotimi Jnr added that, "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".

Meanwhile, the Speaker, House of Representatives, RT. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, has sent his condolences to the family and colleagues of the late DCG.

"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 statement quoted the Speaker as saying.

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