Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Raju Boddu, has expressed shock and sadness at the tragic loss of one of the organisation’s outstanding officers, Nigel Christian, of the Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division.
Boddu noted that prior to the tragic events of last Friday, Christian gave virtually all of his working life to his profession, having joined the Customs Division as an eager and enthusiastic officer fresh from the Antigua State College over 20 years ago. His climb through the ranks was steady as he repeatedly demonstrated admirable qualities as a
leader, including an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a remarkable thinker and a
forthright and hardworking member of the team.
“Nigel Christian was the consummate professional and a smart and intelligent officer to whom I am deeply indebted for his sound guidance and clever leadership on a variety of matters. I am deeply disturbed and saddened that such an amazing light has been suddenly snubbed out in such tragic and painful circumstances,” Boddu stated.
Christian was elevated to the rank of Principal Inspector of Customs when
promotions were handed out to a number of officers last year.
“On behalf of the entire team, I wish to express my profound condolences to
his mother, family and friends for their unimaginable loss. For all of us, Nigel
was more than a colleague; he was a friend. He did not deserve this,” Boddu
The Customs Division has committed to give its fullest cooperation to the Police in their quest to bring the perpetrators Nigel Christian’s heinous slaying to justice. The Division also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister, the Hon. Gaston Browne, for committing $50,000
as a reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.
“The next few days will be difficult. Our loss is tremendous. Every effort will be made to ensure that we get through this in faith, protected and together,” Boddu concluded.