DANA AIR CRASH: Confusion trails recovering of dead bodies from mortuary


Confusion trailed the recovering of dead bodies of those who lost their lives in last week’s Dana Air mishap by their relatives, on Monday.

52 bodies out of the 149 recovered at the crash site were identifiable, the Lagos State government said last week.

Families and relatives of dead victims whose bodies had been identified turned up at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) mortuary on Monday to recover their bodies, after forensic examinations had been concluded.

However, improper and non- tagging of bodies led to confusion, according to the victims’ relatives.

Families gathered outside the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial House mortuary within the hospital to express their grievances to the authorities. 

Two people fought over one body last week, said one of the relatives who did not say his name. 

“I identified my body last week, he’s number 33 on the list,” said a family member of Sunday Onuma, who died in the crash. 

“Now they are telling me to come and identify him again, when he is barely recognizable from decomposition,” he added. 

Another deceased’s relative said the bodies were not tagged after they’d been identified. 

“This is the third time I’m being told to identify a body,” said the woman. 

An additional seven corpses will be released before Tuesday, according to an inside source who did not want to be named, bringing the number of dead bodies released to their families to 13.  

Hospital officials, who kept mum over the identity of the bodies released, asked journalists to leave the mortuary. 

M.O Okojie, the hospital’s chief press secretary initially barred journalists from using their cameras around the mortuary premises or interviewing relatives of dead victims.

Mrs. Okojie said she was acting on the orders of Wale Oke, the chief medical director. 

After a few hours, Mrs. Okojie returned, accompanied by the hospital’s chief security officer, and asked all journalists to leave. 

“We don’t want press people here,” she said, as they walked a Ray Power reporter to the hospital’s gate. 


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