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5 weeks after Associated Airlines’ plane crash: DNA results finally out

+ Victims’ families roll out burial plans

THE much anticipated De-oxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) results of the 12 burnt bodies of the Thursday, October 3, 2013 Associated Airlines crash victims are now ready.

An impeccable source from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), disclosed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that families of the crash victims have started visiting the hospital since Friday, November 8, 2013 for the identification of their beloved ones.

The source added that none of the bodies has been released as at Saturday, November 9, 2013, because of certain processes involved.

“It’s true that the DNA test conducted on the victims of Thursday, October 3 ill-fated crash have been received by LASUTH authority.  But I am not sure if any of the corpses has been released.  I learnt all the families that came on Friday, November 8, 2012 were all asked to fill some forms for proper identification of the bodies.  I hope by Monday, November 11, 2013, everything will be sorted out.”

One of the senior female medical officers at the hospital, who preferred anonymity also confirmed the development.  “Although, I am not in a position to give you any information on that, the truth is that the results of the DNA for the plane crash victims have been officially handed over to LASUTH authority.  That was on Friday, November 8, 2013. I am not sure if the hospital authority is ready to speak to the press on that but the results have been received, and the affected families have been contacted.  I think before the end of next week, all the bodies would have been released to the appropriate families.”

On Sunday, November 10, 2013, ENCOMIUM Weekly contacted one of the protocol officers of late Tunji Okusanya’s M.I.C Royal Caskets, but he only volunteered to speak to us under the condition of anonymity. He said, “We are aware of the development, and we have taken all the necessary steps to collect the remains of our boss and other affected members of the company. But I am not in a better position to give you details. All I can tell you now is that burial arrangement for Tunji Okusanya, Jnr., has been concluded. It would hold on Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15, 2013, at Lagos Cathedral Church.  I don’t have any information concerning the rest, and I would love it if you don’t disturb me again on that.  Thank you.”

One of the relations of late Deji Falae who also spoke to us under the condition of anonymity said, “Yes, the DNA results we have been waiting for have been released.  And we have been to the hospital to identify the corpse. The body is still in the morgue, but will be picked on Monday morning.

“The burial rite goes as follows.  There is going to be Service of Songs at This Present House, Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday, November 12, Wake-keep holds at Cultural Centre, Akure, Ondo State on Wednesday, November 13, while funeral service will hold at St. David’s Church, Akure, Ondo State.”

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, 15 people perished when the Associated Airlines’ plane conveying the remains of former Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State to Akure for burial crashed shortly after take-off from the Lagos airport.

Late Commissioner for Tourism and Agriculture, Deji Falae, M.I.C boss, Tunji Okusanya and son, and 12 others died in the unfortunate incident.  Few others passed on later while others are still in critical condition battling for survival.

However, Dr. Agagu’s son, Feyi who is one of the survivors is said to be in a private hospital in the United Kingdom where he is still recuperating.


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