By OLASUNKANMI AKONI & MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
IKEJA – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, appealed to family members and relations of victims of the Dana plane crash to exercise more patience for proper identification to be carried on the bodies before they were released.
He added that the state would assist them in the burial arrangements if they so desired. Fashola, at Alausa, Ikeja, said what was making the matter more challenging at the moment was the problem of identification of the bodies.
He said: “There is a big risk here in releasing the wrong body to the wrong family. Even yesterday, I was told that in the process of identification, there was almost a mix-up between two families because of the state of the bodies. Foreigners are also involved. There is danger of allowing Nigerian body to be taken away.
“We are ready to go on with the burial, but we are held up by the difficulty of identification of the dead bodies. And, in doing this, we want to be as practically as possible in the identification process. It is only by being patient and constant communication that we can find our way through this and come to what I hope will be a satisfactory state that will help families bury their dead.
“And in fast tracking the process, we had called for help where necessary to assist the doctors in the exercise. We know that this will further help to speed up the identification process,” he added.