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Samsung demands probe after Korean employee dies after LADOL shooting


A Korean employee of Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria who was shot by an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) guarding the LADOL Free Zone in Lagos yesterday has died at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for gunshot injuries.

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) said in a statement on Wednesday that the deceased suffered multiple injuries to key organs, which led to his death.

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

A spokesman for LADOL Olakunle Kalejaiye confirmed the shooting incident in a statement released before the death of the Korean employee of SHI.

SHI insisted the incident was unwarranted and demanded a full probe.

“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.

According to the statement by Samsung Heavy Industries, “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.

“Samsung will work tirelessly to ensure the gunman is brought to justice,” Samsung said.

The company blamed the fatal shooting on the “organisational and management failing” of LADOL.

“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 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.”

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