The Lagos Deep Offshore Limited (LADOL) Free Zone has assured of the safety of its workers and tenants following the reported shooting to death of an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) by his colleague on the company’s facility.
Reports say that the shooting, which occurred on April 9, caused severe injuries to a Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) employee on site.
This was said to have raised fears concerning safety of workers in close contact with armed security personnel on the company’s facility.
However, LADOL’s spokesman, Olakunle Kalejaye, noted in a Tuesday, April 16 statement that the company would continue to prioritise safety of its employees and tenants.
“The safety and wellbeing of those who work at the LADOL is our ultimate priority,” Kalejaye said.
“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.
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“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.”
Kalejaye said that the Samsung employee was in stable condition but could return to South Korea.