Customs Division expresses shock and sadness at death of Nigel Christian


Comptroller of Customs Mr. Raju Boddu has expressed his shock and sadness at the tragic loss of one of the outstanding officers of the Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division.

Before the disturbing events of this past Friday (10th July, 2020), Nigel 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, as 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 ranks as Principal Inspector of Customs during promotions which 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 expressed.

The Customs Division has committed to give its fullest cooperation to the Police in their quest to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.

It is also expressing its gratitude to Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne for committing the state to a $50,000 reward for any information that will help with the investigations.

“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 added



  1. This type of crime can and has occurred in many countries, but now that it has visited our little island paradise we should all be concerned. The thought of knowing that there are such evil people amongst us is frightening and the likelihood is that it can happen again; the citizens safety is at stake. This is disturbing on so many levels, and if this is any indication of things to come, it should be every citizens concern. How does one get murdered for simply doing a job for which he was charged to to?
    While the identities of these ruthless killers remain unknown, and this crime may have been committed by nationals and or non-nationals, I think we should seriously begin to take stock of the country by having tougher immigration enforcement, better protection of some sectors as i. This case- armed immigration officers, possibly based on their ranks/ roles, protection by law enforcement as in this case where there was a an active nigh-profile case. We should also demand more from our elected officials. Yes we could under take all of these measures and Nigel would have still been murdered, but we Seoul’s have had some satisfaction that we tried…no measure is one hundred percent foolproof.

    • Why the filthy words? You are not helping at all. We are a civilized people, and the memory of our brother who was a family man of principle, must be upheld. His death will be avenged. The police will find them and it’ll all be over when they are executed on the gallows. Nothing less. The penalty is death by hanging, according to the law.

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