LAGOS—Human Rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to prosecute all those who by commission or omission were responsible for the June 3 Dana Air crash which claimed the lives of 153 passengers on board and others on ground.
Implementation of crash report
In a statement yesterday, Falana urged the government to implement the report of the House of Representatives on the Dana plane crash. He also called for the removal of the Managing Director of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Dr. Harold Demurin.
He said: “When the Dana plane crash occurred in Lagos on June 3, 2012 the Federal Government set up a Panel of Enquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the disaster. The Panel carried out a shoddy inquiry and hurriedly turned in a report which covered up the causes of the plane which had killed 153 passengers and crew on board and 10 people .
Dissatisfied with the shameful cover up of the tragic incident our law office initiated an inquest into the plane crash. The inquest which was in progress was suddenly suspended on the orders of the federal high court via a suit filed by a former pilot but supported by the Dana Airlines Management and the Ministry of Aviation.
Official fraud exposed
“However, the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation which probed the incident has exposed the official fraud which has characterised the insensitive handling of the Dana affair by the Ministry of Aviation. In a detailed report on the unfortunate incident submitted by the Committee to the House last week it was revealed that an NCAA inspector, who allegedly did the pre-arrival inspection of the ill-fated airline was found to be without requisite professional qualifications.
The Committee also found that “for the period under review, Dana operated 14 air returns caused by system failure which is a sufficient indication of imminent danger.