The Deputy Comptroller, Finance Administration and Technical Service of the Nigerian Customs Service, Essien Etop Andrew, has passed away.

Essien slumped at the national assembly in Abuja while answering questions from members of the house of representatives committee on public account on Tuesday, June 25.

He was subsequently rushed to the national assembly clinic, where he was confirmed d£ad.

In a statement, NCS said Essien was a “diligent and exceptional” officer who was dedicated to his duties as the deputy comptroller in charge of revenue in the account unit of the service.

NCS spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, in a statement said: “During his presentation (before the house committee), approximately three minutes in, Deputy Comptroller Essien requested water and showed signs of discomfort. Despite immediate efforts to assist him, he unfortunately passed away.

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