Coroner issues warrant for oil companies, Red Cross over Dana Air crash

by Isi Esene

A bench warrant has been issued on two oil companies, Conoil and Total Nigeria Limited, and the Red Cross Society of Nigeria.

The warrant was issued by the coroner of Alimosho District in Lagos, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who is saddled with the responsibility of conducting the inquest into the ill-fated Dana Air crash which occurred on June 3, 2012 in Iju-ishaga area of Lagos killing all 153 people on-board and nine people on the ground.

According to ChannelsTV reports, the warrant was issued subsequent upon a submission made by Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana of the Falana and Falana Chambers, to the Lagos State chief coroner, Justice Lateefat Okunnu, to initiate an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the plane crash.

At the resumed sitting, Falana informed the coroner that the Nigeria Police Force should be made to be aware that it is its responsibility to look into the deaths which occurred on the ground as a result of the crash and not that of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) whose mandate is to investigate the cause of the crash.

Magistrate Komolafe admitted the submission of the counsel to the Nigerian Airspace Management, Mr. Obi Okwusogu (SAN) to accommodate the invitation of more witnesses to make submissions in the inquest in a bid to generate a comprehensive report.

The inquest has been further adjourned till Monday, July 30, 2012.

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