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#DanaCrash: Lagos State offers free legal services to victims’ families

by Adeniyi Abdul

As family members of those lost in the Dana Air crash  and citizens of the country in general mourn the tragedy which claimed over 153 lives, different parties have begun to seek answers as to what really went wrong on Sunday the 3rd of June. Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has now come forward to offer support to the family members of the victims.

Fashola who met with the families and members of the diplomatic community whose members and nationals died in the crash over the weekend, offered free legal services to any that may need it in pursuing their rights.

“In terms of compensation issue and all of such issues, they are important to varying degrees,” Fashola said. “But the Office of Public Defender will provide legal services that you require without charge and you can liaise with them through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.”

He however cautioned against being too eager to lay blame on anyone for the disaster, as investigations still had to be carried out.

“To me, and this is personal opinion, this is not necessary yet,” he said. “We cannot begin to lay blame until we know what caused the accident and we cannot do that until we are through with the bodies and related issues.”

“We have to take it step by step. The result of this investigation or any air plane accident investigation all over the world is not for only one country but for the aviation industry globally.”

“We must proceed from one step to the other in order not to confuse or complicate the issues,” he continued.

Reacting to reports of members of the pubic visiting the crash site simply to observe and not help, he said “I told them this is not a tourist site but an accident site, an investigation site where the people needed at the first instance were the doctors and paramedics as the first responders.”

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