The company has also threatened SweetcrudeReport with legal action for publishing reports of the incident.
In its confirmation, titled “Demand to Cease and Desist False Publication’ sent by the firm of Olajide Oyewole LLP, Mr. Bidemi Ademola-Bello who signed the letter said the firm was acting on behalf of SHI-MCI FZE.
The letter disclosed that a civil defence security guard deployed by Ladol Free Zone to SHI-MCI yard shot and killed his colleague around 13:53hrs at SHI-MCI yard.
“The gunman subsequently shot and seriously injured an SHI-MCI Korean employee who was working in a crawler crane within the SHI-MCI yard at the time. This was an entirely unprovoked attack.
“The gunman thereafter made his way towards the exit of the SHI-MCI yard.
“The gunman threatened the SHI-MCI security guards at gunpoint to pass the gate. After exiting the gate, Ladol and SHI-MCI security guards/employees were able to take the gunman down.
“The gunman was detained and taken into custody by Apapa Police
“The Korean employee was taken to Lagoon Hospital on 8 April 2019, where expert medical personnel carried out surgeries to save his life. He had sustained multiple injuries to his kidneys and intestines.
“Unfortunately, on 10 April 2019, the Korean employee succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” the letter confirmed.
The letter claimed that the SHI-MCI press team was not contacted before the SweetcrudeReports publication reporting the incidents on the 8 and 10 April, adding that the articles have caused “emotional and psychological damage to the family of the deceased Korean and reputational damage to our client (SHI-MCI).”
The law firm also made a string of demands, noting that if SweetcrudeReports fail to comply within 24 hours SHI-MCI ‘reserves its right to pursue all available legal remedies … including seeking monetary damages’.
SweetcrudeReports stands by its articles published on April 8 and 10, 2019.