Customs officer dies during House of Reps committee hearing

Customs officer dies during House of Reps committee hearing

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A senior Customs officer appearing before the House Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly has been declared dead.

The officer whose name is still kept secret was said to be a deputy comptroller of finance administration and technical service at the Nigeria Customs Service was responding to questions from members of the house of representatives committee when he coughed and slumped.

He was rushed to the national assembly clinic where he was confirmed dead.

The spokesman of the House, Akintunde Rotimi, confirmed the development but said the name of the Customs officer was being kept confidential as a sign of respect for his family.

Rotimi in the statement 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.

“During the engagement, which occurred around 1.00 pm 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 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.”

He said further information will be provided as it becomes available while asking for patience and respect for the privacy of the family during this period of mourning.

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