Friday, 8 November 2013

Lagos releases DNA test results as families besiege hospital to receive bodies

It was yet another moment of agony for relatives of the victims of the Associated Airline plane that crashed in Lagos on Thursday, October 3, as the Lagos State Government yesterday released the results of the DNA tests conducted to identify the corpses of those burnt beyond recognition.

The families and relatives of the victims had approached the Taiwo Ogunsola Services morgue located within the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, yesterday as the management of the hospital’s pathology department and that of the morgue were perfecting plans to release the bodies to the families.

A consultant pathologist at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) and Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Francis Faduyile has confirmed to Daily Times that the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) sample results of the victims of the ill-fated Associated Airways plane that crashed on October 3, 2013 in Lagos has arrived the country.

Speaking with our reporter in a telephone interview, Dr. Faduyile said: “The DNA results have arrived the country and family members, relatives can come for the corpses; they are ready for collection.”

Nigerian Tribune gathered that relatives of the victims had crowded the Lekan Ogunsola Memorial House, the mortuary at LASUTH very early on Thursday morning to get their corpses as promised by the state government, but were, however, delayed before corpses were actually released.

The state government had promised that the result of the DNA test would be after four weeks of collecting DNA samples from relatives of the plane crash victims.

The Chief Examiner and Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Professor John Obafunwa, had 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 was witnessed in the process were to ensure proper identification of corpses and receipt by the right relatives.

The Embraer 120 aircraft with registration number SCD 361 belonging to Associated Aviation Limited was conveying the remains of the late Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Agagu, to Ondo State for burial when it crashed a few minutes after take off from the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Friday 08 November 2013


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