Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Nine Families Receive U.S.$30,000 Each From Dana Air Insurers

Lagos — Nine families whose wards were involved in the Dana Air crash on June 3, have been handed checks of $30,000, about N4.9 million, each yesterday after verification with solicitors of Dana Air and representative of Lloyds of London in Nigeria, Yomi Oshikoya.

"Dana Air's lead underwriter in Nigeria, today, issued cheques for interim benefits to nine claimants, following legal verification of documentation and next of kin status" the airline spokesman, Tony Usidamen, said in a statement yesterday.

He said the company is in contact with all other families who have submitted relevant documents to Dana Air's Crisis Management Centres (CMC) in Lagos and Abuja, and has advised that they come forward to the chambers of Yomi Oshikoya & Co, appointed by the insurers in Lagos, in order to conclude advance payment formalities.

"As of Tuesday, July 3, 2012, the airline had received completed insurance forms for 68 of the victims, four of which are our staff members. They have been submitted for verification," the statement said.

The statement further read: "We are aware and perfectly understand and respect that most of the next of kin or legal representatives who submitted documents or are yet to visit the CMC and submit documentations to us, or are still observing the customary mourning period.

"Advance payment claims will be concluded on a case by case basis as and when claimants find it convenient to come forward," he noted.

"By international standard you are required to pay the sum of US30,000 to the victims as initial payment by law the substantive amount is US100,000 and I want to assure you that Lloyds will approach this as per international standard."

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