Lagos conducts DNA tests to identify plane crash victims




The Lagos State Government, on Saturday, commenced the conduct of DNA tests to ensure proper identification of victims of the ill fated October 3 plane crash at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja.
Dr. Wale Ahmed, the Commissioner for Special Duties, said the tests were being carried out to ensure that the bodies could be released for burial.
The commissioner commiserated with the families of the victims at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, on behalf of Governor Babatunde Fashola.
Ahmed said that the DNA test was being conducted to ensure that the right corpses were given to various families.
He explained that a situation like this was handled in stages: identification, release and burial. He also craved cooperation and patience from the affected families.
“It is a pathetic situation. We, however, sympathise and share in your grief and pray that the Almighty God grant you the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said. “The government is doing everything humanly possible to achieve 100 per cent identification of the bodies.”

The commissioner revealed that they had received an e-mail from the London Laboratory where the examination would be carried out, and that the results would be ready in three to four weeks.
Ahmed said that the State Office of Public Defender would be made available, free of charge, to families of victims who would want to seek legal advice.
“The government is committed to providing you with information, clarification and updates, as well as a shoulder to cry on,” he said.
Taiwo Raji, the Chief Operation Officer of Associated Airlines, while consoling families of the victims, said that their greatest challenge was the regulatory framework of addressing the situation.
He said that the airline had constituted a committee to visit families and appealed to them to be patient as the airline was doing everything to address the issue.
“Though, the challenges are enormous, we are not leaving any stone unturned to ensure that everything is sorted out smoothly,” Raji said.”We are fully insured and families can visit our office at 73, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, for information and clarifications”
The DNA test is to identify the 13 bodies that were burnt beyond recognition in the Associated Airlines plane crash.
The aircraft was conveying the remains of the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Agagu, to Akure for burial, when it crashed immediately after take-off.


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