LAGOS - The Coroner, sitting over inquiry into the June 3 crash of Dana Airline in Lagos, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, has threatened to order the arrest of the airline officials if they failed to appear before it at the next sitting.
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Komolafe, who commenced an inquest into the crash, condemned the failure of the airline officials to appear before the court.
He said: “I don’t think Dana Air is here. The Sheriff has been to its office several times, to serve the company but without success.
“Don’t forget, if you are summoned and failed to come, you can be arrested. A publication had also been made so that no one will claim not to know what we are doing.
“Nigerians should come forward and testify. They shouldn’t hold anything back so that we can have a safer airspace. It has happened to some people and we don’t want it to happen again.”
The threat followed the court’s decision to ask interested parties to forward written disposition, while those who wanted to give oral evidence would also be welcomed.
The coroner called on members of the public and those at the scene of the incident to give useful information to unravel the circumstances of the crash.
It would be recalled that the Chief Coroner-Judge of the state, Justice Lateefa Okunnu, had ordered the Coroner of Alimosho District in Lagos State, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe to commence an inquest into the crash.
At the proceeding, yesterday, lawyers, who appeared as interested parties and those who represented some agencies, expressed their confusion on modalities to adopt in the proceedings and the targets of the inquest.
This led to serious arguments and counter-arguments on how the coroner should handle the inquest.
It was later agreed that counsel to interested parties should forward written disposition while those who wanted to give oral evidence can also make an appearance.
Among those who made appearances through their counsel were Minister of Aviation, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities, Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Airspace Management Authority, two ground victims, one of the crash victims and 19 other ground survivors, who are either landlords or tenants.