Following an alleged killing of an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), by his colleague at the Lagos Deep Offshore Limited (LADOL) Free Zone, the company has reassured workers within its facility of safety.
The shooting which reportedly caused serious injuries on a Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) employee on site raised fears regarding safety of workers in close contact with armed security personnel.
The company’s spokesperson, Olakunle Kalejaye, in a statement stated that the safety of its employees and tenants would continue to enjoy top priority of the company.
The statement read in part, “The safety and well being of those who work at the LADOL is our ultimate priority. We thank our tenants and other visitors in the zone who obeyed the Free Zone regulations, stayed safe and who have subsequently sent their condolences and messages of support.
“We are deeply saddened by the incident which occurred on Tuesday 9 April at the LADOL Free Zone (LADOL). As announced by the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mohammed Abdullahi Gana, “a Civil Defence officer opened fire ‘in error’” at LADOL. This resulted in one fatality and one injury.
“We note that this is an isolated incident which should not be interpreted to portray NSCDC in a bad light. We also commend and thank the LADOL security team who acted professionally and calmly to ensure the situation was resolved quickly.
“LADOL continues to work closely with the NSCDC, Nigerian Exports Processing Zones Authority and the Nigerian Police Force as they undertake investigation into this tragic incident and we will provide further updates when appropriate.”
The statement confirmed that the affected Samsung staff member was in stable condition and might return to South Korea.