Dead Victims of Dana Air Crash
By Steve Dada and Chiemelie Ezeobi
Combined memorial service for victims on June 17
The corpse of one Awodogan Olusanmi, was yesterday released to his bereaved relations from Lekan Ogunsola Mortuary of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, and he was quickly buried at the Victoria Court Vault, Ajah area of the state.
Sources in the hospital, said yesterday’s release brought the total number of corpses released to 10, although 19 of the 43 identifiable bodies were certified ready by the hospital. Although concerted efforts were being made by some families to claim the bodies of their corpses, while others were yet to show up.
This is just as a combined multi-religious, candle light memorial service has been scheduled to hold on June 17, by 2pm at the Muri Okunola Park in memory of the victims.
Speaking to THISDAY, a close friend to the late Awodogan, one Uche, said the burial was smooth despite the heavy down that tried to mar the ceremony. According to him, they collected the corpse in the morning and headed straight to the cemetery for interment.
Meanwhile, the mood was somber at the morgue yesterday as bereaved families went about in their attempts to clear the corpse’s of their deceased. There was no repeat theatrics of Tuesday by one of the relatives even though no solution has been proffered to their problem of identification.
Even with the quiet de- meanour of the relatives, the Rapid Response Squad of the state police command, is still manning a 24 hour surveillance at the mortuary.
In a related development, some of the bereaved families disclosed that they had not been visited by Dana Air management as claimed by the company. According to Kelvin Ifekawa, who had lost his brother Jones in the crash; “We heard Dana has been visiting and condoling with families but we are yet to see them maybe they will still come to my house”.
He however said they were yet to receive any information regarding compensation from the airline. Ifekawa said they had contemplated suing the government and the hospital but changed their mind when the DNA process was broken down for their understanding.