Governor Akpabio, Aviation minister to testify in Dana Air crash probe

The Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, and the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, are expected to testify at the Dana Air crash inquest which began in Lagos on Monday.

 

The Alimosho magistrate court sitting in Agbado/Oke-odo local council stated that Ms. Oduah, Mr. Akpabio, and other members of the public who had flown the plane before the unfortunate incident should come and give evidence.

 

Alexander Komolafe, the chief coroner, adjourned the inquest to July 12, for further hearing.

 

Femi Falana, who initiated the inquest, said that airport authorities ignored the distress call made by the pilot of the ill-fated Dana aircraft.

 

During the inquest, Mr. Komolafe, on behalf of the Lagos State government, condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the air disaster.

 

One minute silence was also observed before the court began proceedings.

 

Funmi Falana, leading other lawyers from Falana and Falana Chambers, sought the leave of the court to invite the responsible agencies and individuals to testify in the inquest.

 

Mr. Komolafe granted the leave.

 

Those billed to testify in the course of the inquest include Dana Air; Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB); Lagos State University Teaching Hospital; Federal Road Safety Commission; Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command; and the Nigeria Air Force, Lagos State Command.

 

Others are the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA); National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); aviation fuel suppliers – AP, Forte Oil,. Sahara Oil, Total, and MRS; and the Nigeria Red Cross.

 

Victims’ families and eye witnesses, especially the community associations of Akande/Ishaga, are also expected to testify.

 

On June 3, a Dana Airways plane crashed into a residential area at the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos killing all 153 passengers as well as an unidentified number of people in the residential buildings.


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