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BREAKING: Senior Customs Official Dies During Reps Investigative Heraing

ABUJA – A senior personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suddenly died on Tuesday afternoon while on an official assignment before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly complex.

A statement signed by the House Spokesman/Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Akin Rotimi, Jr., confirmed the incident.

Rep. Rotimi Jr, who declined to provide the name of the deceased, said during the engagement with the legislative committee, which occurred around 1.00pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the official developed sudden health complications, adding that despite the immediate and diligent efforts of first responders and medical personnel at the National Assembly Clinic, he unfortunately passed away.

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS, however, gathered that the deceased official, Essien Etop Andrew, was a Deputy Comptroller, Finance Administration and Technical Service of the Nigeria Customs Service.

“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.

“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 recognize the significant contributions he made to the Nigeria Customs Service and to our nation.

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