Customs officer dies at House of Reps investigative hearing

A senior officer of the Nigerian Customs Services (name withheld) has passed on at the National Assembly clinic, Abuja.

The deceased was a guest of the Public Account Committee of the House of Representatives where he appeared for questioning in the ongoing probe of revenue-generating agencies and parastatals of government.

He was said to be fielding questions from members of the committee when he collapsed.

He was subsequently rushed to the National Assembly clinic where he gave up the ghost.

A statement signed by the spokesman for the House, Akin Rotimi read in part, “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.”

The statement added that out of respect for the family of the deceased, his name would be withheld for now, as the house extended its condolences to the family members.

“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, Tajudeen Abbas 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”, it concluded.