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In a deeply heartfelt moment, the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Adewale Adeniyi, on 10 July 2024 in Abuja, paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien, who tragically passed away on 25 June 2024 while making a presentation before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee – a loss that has resonated profoundly within the Nigeria Customs Service and beyond.

During his visit, the CGC expressed his deep sorrow and offered prayers for the repose of the deceased. “We pray that God will strengthen the family during this difficult time and give you the wisdom to understand that only He gives and takes, and we cannot question His will.”

The CGC further emphasised the remarkable dedication of the late Deputy Comptroller Essien, noting, “He was highly committed to his duties and knew exactly what he was doing. We pray that God will comfort you and stay with you through this time of grief.”

The CGC further stated that the loss of Deputy Comptroller Etop Essien is a reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact of dedicated public servants. His memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire his colleagues and those who knew him. As the Nigeria Customs Service mourns his passing, the thoughts and prayers of the entire service are with his family, hoping they find strength and solace amid their grief.

In a gesture of support and assurance, the CGC informed the family that the letter concerning the burial arrangements had been received and that the service would expedite the processing of all benefits due to the late officer. “This commitment underscores the Nigeria Customs Service’s dedication to honouring the service and memory of Deputy Comptroller Essien.” The CGC noted.

Responding, Mrs. Essien, the widow of the late Deputy Comptroller, expressed her profound gratitude to the CGC for his visit and kind words. She shared how her husband had always held the CGC and the Nigeria Customs Service in high esteem, even until his final moments. “He respected and admired the service greatly,” she said. She also promised to update the service on the burial arrangements, ensuring that Deputy Comptroller Essien receives the honour he deserves.

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