19 June 2012

Nigeria: DANA - Coroner Commences Sitting in Lagos

Lagos — A coroner's inquest into the death of 159 people who lost their lives in the recent DANA air crash in Iju-Agege area of Lagos has commenced proceedings in Lagos with Magistrate Oyetade Alexander

Komolafe of Alimosho District, spearheading it.

The inquest was ordered last Thursday by the Coroner-judge of Lagos State, Justice Lateefah Okunnu, based on a request by the Falana and Falana Chambers.

While addressing the court at the coroner's inaugural sitting, Mrs Funmi Falana said the chamber of Olisa Agbakoba was also interested in the case. She told the court that in line with the relevant law, certain persons and agencies ought to be summoned before the court.

Both the magistrate and Mrs. Falana agreed between themselves on persons and agencies that should be invited by the court.

Persons expected to appear before the court include, the Minister of Aviation, Assistant Inspector-General of Police for Lagos and Ogun States, representatives of Dana Air, National Airspace Management Agency(NAMA), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria(FAAN), the Lagos State Police Command, the Lagos Airport Command of the Police, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), the Nigerian Red Cross, Clean serve Oil, Sahara Oil, MRS, AP, Total, Conoil, Nigerian Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers and relatives of victims of the crash.

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