Following reports of the death of a staff that has trailed online retail store, Jumia, the company has made an official statement, which was exclusively obtained by Pulse.
According to multiple reports, the staff Ola Sanusi, suffocated to death on Monday, February 8, while working in the
company’s warehouse which, according to some employees, is as hot as a oven.
Sanusi was said to be preparing to marry his pregnant fiancée before death came calling.
In an email correspondence with our reporters at Pulse, Jumia confirmed the unfortunate incident;
“We regret to announce the passing of our dear colleague, Ola Sanusi Ola Sanusi tragically died on Monday as he was seated in one of our inventory rooms, proceeding to perform a cycle count.
We could gather from the video footage that he experienced pains in his chest and collapsed just after. His colleagues reacted very quickly and he was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival”, a rep for the company tells Pulse.
The rep says that Sanusi’s family has been invited to the company to watch the footage that shows the moments
leading up to the man’s death. “We have been in close contact with Ola’s family, who have had the opportunity to examine the location of the incident, including the video recordings”, the company’s rep. said.
Recalling Sanusi’s time with the company and the tragedy, the statement read in part;
joined the company when it launched in March 2013 and has been a great
colleague and team member ever since. He was part of the Inbound Team at
AIG-Express and worked as an operator. He was a diligent, committed and
highly valued member of the team in his 3 years with the company”.
The company also implores the public to give Sanusi’s family privacy to mourn him;
wish to respect Ola’s family and invite everyone in this difficult time
to respect their grief and need for privacy and mourning. We have
extended our deepest condolences to his family and his friends during
this difficult time and will continue to support them as much as need
be”, it reads.
While mourning Ola, e-commerce logistics
initiative, AIG-Express tell Pulse that the physical conditions and
mental demands fit ‘best operating practices’ that have been approved by
the Lagos State Government.
“AIG-Express confirms that the work
conditions in its warehouse are in line with all local and international
laws and best operating practices. The Warehouse is regularly inspected
by the relevant authorities of the Lagos State Government.
members of staff of AIG-Express, are subject to its comprehensive health
insurance policy, which entitles staff to out-patient and in-patient
care, prescription drugs, evacuation to hospitals and other care.
Ola’s passing has been a great loss for the entire AIG-Express family and he will be greatly missed by all of us”.
is one of the leading online retail stores in Nigeria – servicing
thousands of Nigerians the need to shop on the internet with speedy
delivery to their desired locations.