Dana crash: Relations reject mass burial 50 bodies identified

Date: 11-06-2012 10:05 am (9 years ago) | Author: Olufowose Temitope
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Relatives of the passengers in the Dana Air plane that crashed in Lagos have kicked against a proposed mass burial for unidentified victims deposited at Mainland Hospital, Ebute-Metta.

Out of the 153 passengers who died, only 50 have been identified as at yester-day, seven days after the plane crashed in the outskirts of Lagos. Of the 50 identified bodies, 29 are males, 17 females and four babies.

The affected relatives made their views known yesterday at a closed door meeting with Governor Babatunde Fashola at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

A relative of one of the unidentifiable victims, Johnson Akanji, informed Daily Trust after the meeting that the Lagos State governor had touted the idea of mass burial to be carried out by the state government, but some of the affected families, particularly foreign nationals, rejected the plan.

According to him, Indians and Europeans whose relations died in the crash did not subscribe to the idea. “We were told 67 bodies have been identified so far. They said others could not be identified until DNA is carried out on them. The agreement reached was that we would wait till the test is carried out on the bodies instead of mass burial,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola has disclosed that a special committee (Relationship Team) has been set up by the government to ensure effective communication between the state government and families of victims of the plane crash.

Briefing reporters after the closed door meeting, the governor said that some decisions had been taken during the meeting, adding that both sides have agreed to commence the process of identifying bodies which have not been identified so as to let their families claim them for burial.

Meanwhile 50 out of the 153 persons killed in the crash have so far been identified by the relations while two yet to be identified adult bodies are still lying in the morgue at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The bodies, Daily Trust learnt will be released to their relations this week while DNA test have commenced on the bodies of unidentifiable bodies to ensure that bodies are not released to the wrong families.

Some of the 50 victims identified as obtained from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at the weekend include Martin Alade, Sonny Ehioghae,  Okocha Christopher, Stanford Obstrute, Maimuna Anyene, Onyeka Ayaene, Temitope Ariyibi, Chinwe Uzoamaka Obi, Anibaba Tosin, Falmata Mohammed Ikpoki Obiola, Patrick Eze Okonji, Bassy Eyo, Kanguyi (Chinese) and Charles Ntoko.

Also identified already are Dr Abiodun Jonathan, Ifeanwaka Jones, Obot Emmanuel, Prof. C.O Onwuluri,  Olabinjo Awodogbin, Obinna Akabueze, Nagidi Ibrahim, Mahmud Ahmed Dukawa, Ibrahim Jangana, George Moses,  Femi Shobowale, ,  John Ahmadu Hamza (DIG), Abrahim Adijolola and Abraham Adiloju.

It was learnt that the DNA test to be conducted on the corpses would take two weeks. Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola had last week Thursday appealed to family members and relatives of victims of the Dana Air mishap of last Sunday to exercise more patience so that proper identification could be carried on the bodies before they are released.

“There is a big risk here of releasing the wrong body to the wrong family. Even yesterday, I was told that in the process of identifying, there was almost a mix up between two families because of the state of the bodies. There are foreigners also involved. There is danger of giving away Nigerian body to be taken away,” he said.

Governor Fashiola  stressed that the need to conduct a meticulous and scientific identification process to avoid ‘costly errors’ is responsible for the seeming delay and appealed for patience while experts work round the clock to help identify the bodies.

Posted: at 11-06-2012 10:05 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
- sugarbaby2392 at 11-06-2012 12:12 PM (9 years ago)
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i see
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:12 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- naturalqueen at 11-06-2012 12:18 PM (9 years ago)
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The relatives of the deceased should let things be. What has happened has happened......
I suggest he FG Conducts mass burial for them particularly those whose corpes could not be identified.
But FG and Dana Air must pay the compensation benefits to the families of the deceased.....
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:18 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- uncledon at 11-06-2012 12:18 PM (9 years ago)
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What did u see?
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:18 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- omotoyosolabisi at 11-06-2012 12:22 PM (9 years ago)
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hmm
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:22 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- joasnoble at 11-06-2012 12:30 PM (9 years ago)
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All is well...........................
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:30 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- HOPEA23 at 11-06-2012 12:31 PM (9 years ago)
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Well...they all should calm down to work things out perfectly ...I think they should carry out the mass burial..whether DNA is carried out or not...all the families should come together and pay the last respect for the gone ones...why all these wahala?

Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:31 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- nonsovin at 11-06-2012 12:33 PM (9 years ago)
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WHAT OF THE BODY THAT SI NOT COMPLETE, HOW CAN SOMEONE IDENTIFY THE OWNER? LET THEM STOP ALL THIS STRONG HEAD AND ACCEPT THE MASS BURIAL.  ONYE NWURU-ANWU ANWUGO.  LIFE GOES ON.........
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:33 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- uncledon at 11-06-2012 12:38 PM (9 years ago)
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Federal government should likewise compensate those families who boko haram killed by suicide  bomb,  Well, I stands for the equal right and justice without injustice that's all.
Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:38 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- sophiebaby at 11-06-2012 12:52 PM (9 years ago)
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chai  Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry no wonder a friend of mine say'' he rather travel by road have an accident, and die(GODFORBID) so that they can identify his corpse and bury.. than to travel by air die  be ash and cant identify his corpse.... i still weep for the loss..

Got nothing to comment on the mass burial  Cry Cry

Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:52 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Solidstonez at 11-06-2012 12:55 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: naturalqueen on 11-06-2012 12:18 PM
The relatives of the deceased should let things be. What has happened has happened......
I suggest he FG Conducts mass burial for them particularly those whose corpes could not be identified.
But FG and Dana Air must pay the compensation benefits to the families of the deceased.....
is not that easy for the families to accept mass burial.....as burial signify the last time to say goodbye
to your love ones, anyway may God almighty give them all, the strength to bear their lost
RIP to the departed soul

Posted: at 11-06-2012 12:55 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- sentusken at 11-06-2012 01:06 PM (9 years ago)
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Let's just forget nd jst let go of evrytin so dat we cn muv on pls; cos stil stressin al dis wunt tek us anywer. those dat der's hz bn record shld cari nd go nd buri while those dat cudnt shld jst understand for peace's sake.................
Posted: at 11-06-2012 01:06 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mickky21 at 11-06-2012 01:43 PM (9 years ago)
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Why mass burial if you can do DNA tests??? let's do things the modern way for once. If pple that died hundreds of years ago can be identified by their DNA and their bones returned to their families 4 a proper burial, why can't the lagos state govt carry out this DNA test so that the families can give their dead ones proper burial.
Posted: at 11-06-2012 01:43 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- habiziz at 11-06-2012 01:44 PM (9 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 11-06-2012 01:44 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Cinnicc at 11-06-2012 01:57 PM (9 years ago)
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it wld b difficult to expect all d relatives to accept the offer; its rily a painful decision to take.
Posted: at 11-06-2012 01:57 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Neglito at 11-06-2012 02:30 PM (9 years ago)
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How can you identify when there is no data base?.
Posted: at 11-06-2012 02:30 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chicco77 at 11-06-2012 02:39 PM (9 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed
Posted: at 11-06-2012 02:39 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- interpo77 at 11-06-2012 02:47 PM (9 years ago)
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the government must try more in identifying the bodies, now it has affected foreign nationales, so a thorough dna must be carried out , this is no only nigerians individuals which i know government would have burried them enmass as they always do cos of i don care attitude and lack of equipments to ascertains dead bodies.
Posted: at 11-06-2012 02:47 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- vicklove at 11-06-2012 02:47 PM (9 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry still weeping lord accept their souls please. it would not be nice after the agony the went tru and still dont make heaven.
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- kattie77 at 11-06-2012 02:48 PM (9 years ago)
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Well i really dont blame d families for rejecting d mass burial cos they really want to bury their loved ones properly and say goodbye,if conducting d DNA test will help to identify d bodies then they should do it fast
Posted: at 11-06-2012 02:48 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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