UPDATED: Customs Deputy Comptroller Slumps, Dies While Appearing Before Reps Panel

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Customs Officer, DC Essien was at the Senate Committee on Tuesday for a briefing on the activities of the Customs in the past few years to date.  Few minutes into his address, while briefing the committee, Deputy Comptroller Essien requested water and showed signs of discomfort. Despite immediate efforts to assist him, he unfortunately slumped and passed away,” Customs National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.

The late Essien, who hailed from Nsit-Ubium in Akwa Ibom State, was born on November 16, 1967. He joined Nigeria Customs Service on November 27, 1989 and was due for retirement in five months.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, on behalf of the entire officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Deputy Comptroller Essien,” the statement further read.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. His exemplary service and unwavering commitment to duty will be remembered and cherished by the entire NCS community. The Nigeria Customs Service will forever remember Deputy Comptroller Essien for his outstanding contributions, his exemplary service, and his dedication to the Nation. We honor his memory, and his legacy will continue to inspire us all.”

Deputy Comptroller Essien is survived by a wife and children.


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