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Samsung confirms death of Korean employee in LADOL Free Zone shooting incident

LADOL Free Zone

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHIN) has confirmed that the Korean employee of SHI-MCI FZE, who was shot by an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) guarding the LADOL Free Zone in Lagos, has died.

SHI-MCI FZE, which is located at the LADOL free zone and operated by Samsung, is a joint venture between the Korean shipbuilding giant and LADOL.

The company said in a statement at the weekend that the deceased died at a Lagos hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained from the shooting incident.

The statement disclosed that the deceased suffered multiple injuries to key organs, adding that despite the battle to save his life at the hospital by expert medical professionals, he succumbed to death following the horrible injuries he sustained.

According to the statement, the LADOL Free Zone armed security guard first shot and killed his colleague during an argument on Monday at the SHI-MCI FZE yard.

“The gunman then went on a rampage around the SHI-MCI yard before shooting the Korean employee who was conducting maintenance work in a crane in the zone. This was an entirely unprovoked attack, as the employee was not involved in the original argument between the gunman and his colleague,” the statement said.

Following the shooting, the Korean was evacuated to Lagoon Hospital Ikoyi, where he underwent two days of surgery.

However, he suffered severe damage to his kidneys and intestines from the gun-shot, and sadly died on Wednesday evening despite the best efforts of the doctors and nurses treating him.

“We are extremely shocked and saddened at the turn of events. We send our sincerest condolences to his family in Korea and are providing them with all the support they require. We thank all the expert medical personnel that fought so hard to save his life.

“We are conducting a full investigation and demand answers from LADOL as to how this employee was screened, and what protection they can offer to workers within the LADOL Free Zone who are now extremely concerned for their safety and welfare. This incident has exposed the security lapses in the LADOL Free Zone which has led to the loss of a Nigerian and a Korean,” the statement added.

The statement further revealed that the Korean Ambassador has contacted the Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, demanding “a prompt and fair investigation into what happened and to ensure the safety of Koreans who live in Nigeria.”

However, the LADOL management has said was still waiting police report on the incident.

Olusola Bello

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