Anthony Ayalogu, the Comptroller, Trade Facilitation Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, is dead.
It was said that Ayalogu slumped at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while on transit for an official assignment and died.
The Comptroller-General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), confirmed the death on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by a Superintendent of Customs, Mr Abdullahi Maiwada, on Tuesday in Abuja, Ali said the late Ayalogu, who died at 57, suddenly took ill and became unconscious upon arrival at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport while on transit at an official assignment.
Ali the comptroller general, said that the efforts made to resuscitate him failed, as he was later pronounced dead at 465 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Kano.
Ali described the late officer as “a true champion and will be sorely missed.”
“We pray God grants the Ayalogu family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement read.
The customs boss also commiserated with the entire officers and men of the service, as well as friends of the deceased.
Late Ayalogu hailed from Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra state and held a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from the University of Port Harcourt.
He was enlisted into the NCS on September 24, 1991 as Cadet Assistant Superintendent.
Ayalogu took over as Comptroller of Trade Facilitation on January 31 and was a fellow at the World Customs Organisation, until his death.
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Also, he served at the System Audit Unit under the Tariff and Trade Department before moving to the trade and facilitation department.
He is survived by his wife and children.
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