The Lagos Coroner court, making inquest into the Dana Air crash, yesterday threatened to issue warrant of arrest on Conoil Plc, Total Nigeria Limited and the Red Cross Society of Nigeria. The Coroner, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe gave the warning while responding to the submission made by Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, whose law firm, petitioned the Lagos State Chief Coroner, Justice Lateefat Okunnu, for an inquiry into the incident.
At the resumed hearing, Mr. Falana reminded the coroner that some oil companies and agencies that had been served with summons are yet to appear before it. Besides, Falana urged the Coroner to order the Police to investigate victims that died on the ground, arguing that it was not the responsibility of the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, to carry out the enquiry.
He further told the Coroner that the function of the AIB was limited only to enquiry into the causes of the crash of the ill fated airliner. Meanwhile, Magistrate Komolafe and other interested parties have agreed to schedule appearance of witnesses. The Coroner further directed that any of the witnesses, who may want to make statement, should forward it to the court two days before their appearance.
According to the roster, Channels Television and AIT are to appear on Monday to show the clips of the crash on the day it happened. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and Julius Berger, who had earlier been summoned but failed to show up are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, along with National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
The Coroner also granted the request of the counsel to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Mr. Babatunde Irukera and his Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, counterpart, C. Chiwete to appear on Thursday, August 2, 2012 and Monday, August 6, 2012 respectively.
The matter has been adjourned till July 30, 2012.
Coroner threatens to arrest oil companies.