The management and entire officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been thrown into mourning following the demise of Comptroller Anthony Ayalogu who passed away on Monday.
Until his death, Ayalogu was the Customs Comptroller in charge of the Trade Facilitation Unit of the Service.
According to a press statement disseminated today, the Customs boss was in transit on an official assignment when he suddenly took ill upon arrival at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and lost consciousness.
“All efforts to revive him proved unsuccessful as he was pronounced dead at 2020 hours on Monday 17th October 2022 at 465 Nigerian Airforce Hospital Kano. He was aged 57.”
“The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), CFR and the entire Officers and men commiserate with the family and friends of the Late Comptroller Anthony Ayalogu. He was a true champion and will be sorely missed. We pray God grants the Ayalogu family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Amen,” the statement by AAMaiwada of NCS Public Relations unit, said.
Comptroller Ayalogu hailed from Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra state. He held a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from the University of Port Harcourt. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Customs Service on 24th September 1991 as cadet Assistant Superintendent.
He was a Fellow at the World Customs Organization (WCO) took over as Comptroller Trade Facilitation on 31 January 2022. He had an outstanding career as the reform champion of the Customs Service and had previously served at the System Audit Unit under the Tariff and Trade Department. He is survived by a wife and children.
Ayalogu was described by his colleagues as a bright mind and a true champion and the News Diet recalls that he admirably represented the Service at several national and international fora.