Death of Customs officer: Make BP, heart tests mandatory – Shehu Sani to NASS

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Human rights activist and former senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has urged the National Assembly to make it mandatory for public official to conduct blood pressure test and heart checks before appearing before its relevant committees

Sani made this call via his official X handle, while reacting to the death of a custom officer, Deputy Comptroller Etop Andrew Essien, who was in charge of Revenue in the Account Unit of the Service.

“The National Assembly should make it a rule to conduct blood pressure tests and Heart Checks of public officials summoned to appear before their relevant committees,” he said

Bellnews recalls that Essien died on Tuesday after collapsing while being questioned by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts.

Shortly before he collapsed, he was heard saying, “Sir, I might need to take some water,” while struggling to open the bottle of water in front of him.

Announcing Mr Essien’s demise, Akin Rotimi, the spokesperson of the House, said the officer developed health complications during the interaction with the lawmakers.

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