A senior officer of the Nigerian Customs Services has died at the National Assembly clinic in Abuja. The officer, whose name has not been disclosed, was attending a Public Account Committee hearing of the House of Representatives as part of an ongoing investigation into revenue-generating agencies and government parastatals.

While responding to questions from committee members, the officer suddenly collapsed. He was immediately taken to the National Assembly clinic, where he unfortunately passed away.

A statement from House spokesman Akin Rotimi confirmed the incident: “With deep sadness and regret, 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.”

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The statement emphasized that the officer’s name would be withheld to respect his family’s privacy, and extended condolences to his loved ones: “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.”

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The House of Representatives has pledged to support efforts to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident and is cooperating with relevant authorities. Speaker of the House, Tajudeen Abbas, expressed his condolences: “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 shared as it becomes available. The House asks for patience and respect for the family’s privacy during this period of mourning.