A tragic incident occurred on Monday as a result of the death of a 25-year-old staff of FC Energy, a sand dredging company in Ikorodu, Lagos State. The victim, Alex Eboh, was drowned in the Ibeshe River while on duty. According to reports, the young man slipped from one of the company’s sand dredging ships and fell into the river.
Although the company’s divers made efforts to rescue Eboh, he died before help could reach him. The Benue State indigene was initially working offshore with some of his colleagues before he received instructions to go onshore. It was while he was setting out to leave the sand dredging vessel that he slipped and fell into the river.
Sources close to the incident revealed that Eboh was not wearing a life jacket or any safety suit at the time of the incident, which caused him to sink immediately after he fell inside the river.
The situation could have been avoided if the firm’s management had put in place proper safety measures, according to another source. In response to the incident, the company’s spokesperson, Ogidi, stated that the company follows the best global practices and provides lifejackets for staff on ships. Ogidi also mentioned that the incident was reported to the nearest police station.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, noted that the matter was not reported to the police, but they would investigate it.