…As LADOL promises to stand by those affected and their families***
A gunman, who was supplied to LADOL Free Zone by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) with the aim of protecting lives and property in the Zone on Tuesday shot and killed another NSCDC personnel, during an argument.
The ‘gunner: whose name was given as one Innocent Oshemi reportedly also shot and seriously wounded a Korean staff working at the fabrication and integration yard of the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) located in the free zone. The Korean may be flown home soon for proper medical attention, after immediate medical attention which snatched him off the initial life threatening injury.
Eye witnesses confirmed that the Korean, a SHI-MCI employee was not involved in the argument, but operating a crane within the yard at the time, when an ‘Accidental discharge’ hit him.
The gun man thereafter attempted to flee the yard with the gun, but was challenged by brave colleagues who overpowered him, dispossessed him of the weapon around 1.56pm, before handing him over to the police.
However In a swift reaction, the promoters of the Free Zone, LADOL apologised Wednesday over the fatal shootings, assuring their cooperation for full and comprehensive investigation by both the Nigerian and Korean authorities.
In a statement made available to our Correspondent, by the Public Relations Officer Olakunle Kalejaiye, stated that the tragic incident occurred at the free zone on Tuesday.
According to him “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, and this resulted in one fatality and one injury.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the NSCDC officer, who tragically lost his life as well as the Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (Samsung) staff member who was injured.
He stated that the Samsung staff was in stable conditions, as arrangement are being made to transport him to South Korea for better treatment.
“The Samsung staff member was in stable condition in hospital and arrangements are being made to return him to South Korea.
“We are providing every support we can to those affected and their families. The incident on Tuesday 9 April was contained entirely within the fabrication and integration shipyard in LADOL, where Samsung staff are currently working on the final stages of the Egina FPSO development project.
“We commend the NSCDC team in LADOL, particularly their commander on the scene who swiftly brought the situation under control. We note that this is an isolated incident which should not be interpreted to portray NSCDC in a poor 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 Service as they undertake their investigation into this tragic incident and we will provide further updates when appropriate.
“The safety and wellbeing 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 other messages of support”, he explained further.