Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Lagos air crash: Victims’ DNA samples to be sent to UK today

It has been gathered that samples of Deoxyribo-Nucleic Acid (DNA) collected from victims of last Thursday’s plane crash and their families are due for a United Kingdom hospital today for testing.

A source explained to the Nigerian Tribune on Monday that forensic experts at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, took the decision, after sample collection processes were concluded on Monday.

It was gathered that a relative of the victim delayed the process by showing up on Monday morning, unlike their counterparts who had done their DNA exercise and had the processes almost completed since Saturday.

The result was expected in Lagos in another four weeks, beginning from the date samples arrived at the UK hospital, already scheduled for the DNA testing and mapping.

Some relatives, who showed up at LASUTH demanding for corpses of their relatives, especially bodies that were identifiable, were, however, turned down.

Chief Examiner and Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Professor John Obafunwa, however, assured that some of the identifiable bodies would be released to their families once the necessary identification and documentation processes had been completed.

He explained that the overseas DNA examination and delay that would be witnessed in the process were to ensure proper identification of corpses and receipt by the right relatives.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed, on behalf of the state government, had earlier promised to conduct DNA test and promised proper identification of bodies of victims.

This, he said, would help to ensure that the right corpse was given to the right family, without unnecessary mix up.

Tuesday 8 October 2013



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