Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lagos plane crash: Coroner threatens to order arrest of Dana Air management

Magistrate Oyetade Alexander Komolafe, the coroner in charge of the inquest into the cause of the June 3, 2012 fatal crash of a Dana Air plane that occurred at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, on Thursday, threatened to arrest the management of Dana Air if it continues to ignore the inquest sittings. 

At the resumed hearing of the inquest at the Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Oja Oba, Abule Egba, Magistrate Komolafe frowned on the continuous absence of Dana Air since it was absent at the first hearing.

"I do not think Dana Air is represented. If you are summoned and you are not here, you can be arrested. A publication has been made in a newspaper and you should be aware," Komolafe said.

He added that the court sheriff had duly served Dana Air with the summons of the court and urged members of the public who have anything to contribute to the inquest not to shy away from doing so.

"Don't sit down and criticize. Come forward, if you have anything that will help."

After series of arguments among parties on the format the inquest will take, Magistrate Komolafe held that parties represented by counsels could file written depositions which would be served on all parties by the sheriff of the court.

The coroner also held that oral testimonies and evidence on oath would also be accepted by the court.

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