A Senior Customs officer, Essien Etop Andrew, present at the Public Accounts committee of the House of Representatives slumped and died while responding to a question from members of the committee yesterday June 25.

The Customs officer had appeared before the committee carrying out an investigation, Sadly while responding to a question, he 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.

The House spokesperson, Akin Rotimi, announced the demise in a statement released.
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Bamidele Salam, chairman of the committee, said the panel will suspend other hearings for one week to honour the late customs chief.

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“It was a very sad incident. He was very eloquent and clearly understood the issues being considered,” the lawmaker told TheCable.

“He suddenly said he wanted to drink water, to which we obliged and even asked if he needed some tea.

“It was sad he died in active service. Our committee is suspending other hearings for the week in his honour.”

In a statement, Akin Rotimi, spokesperson of the house of representatives said “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 House of Representatives extends its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased.

Rotimi said the green chamber will “support efforts to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident and is cooperating fully with all relevant authorities to ensure all necessary protocols are followed”.

Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house, expressed his condolences, saying the lower legislative chamber is “deeply saddened” by the officer’s death.