8th November, 2013
The results of the DNA tests conducted on the 12 burnt bodies of the Associated Airline crash victims are now ready.
Fifteen people died on Thursday when the Associated plane conveying the remains of former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, to Ondo State for burial crashed shortly after taking off Lagos airport on 3 October, 2013.
The boss of MIC Funeral Services, Tunji Okusanya, and his son, Tunji Jnr., Ondo State Commissioner for Tourism, Deji Falae, and 12 others died in the crash.
However, the late Agagu’s son, Feyi, who survived the crash, was flown abroad for further medical attention.
Already, families of the crash victims have gone to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, to collect the bodies of their loved ones for burial..
Though LASUTH officials refused to speak with newsmen on the DNA tests, a highly placed source in the hospital said the DNA test results for 12 bodies were now ready for collection as the sample provided by their relations fully matched those of the burnt bodies.
Families of the victims were seen filling forms and perfecting the processes for the release the bodies of their loved ones to them.
The operator of Taiwo Ogunsola Service, TOS Funeral, Mrs Taiwo Ogunshola, confirmed that the DNA results were ready, saying that TOS was still working on the bodies to ensure proper hand over to the affected families.
“You can come back in the next few hours, they will release your relative’s bodies to you, I can assure you. You can call me, the person in charge is my son. I will tell him to release the bodies. We only have to prepare the bodies for collection,” she told families of the victims.
The State’s Chief Pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa also confirmed that the results of the DNA tests were ready for collection.
Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed had said that the results of the DNA test would “be ready by weekend and that is when the relatives can come for the bodies. If there is any family that has brought an ambulance to the morgue, such a family might have done so in anticipation of the release of the body of their loved one.”