Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, on Tuesday said his firm was set to sue Dana Airlines on behalf of the families of the 153 passengers and 10 residents of Iju killed in Sunday’s air crash involving its plane.
He said his legal firm, OA & A, had been consulted by the families of some of the victims to represent them in the enforcement of their rights and claims emanating from the crash.
According to him, a database of all persons affected in the air accident is being compiled to present a comprehensive claim.
“This is a complementary public interest litigation and advocacy initiative by the firm to support those who have suffered varying degrees of losses. The suit will be commenced soon,” Agbakoba said.
He said OA&A had written to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, requesting an inquest into the death of the victims.
The letter, a copy of which was forwarded to our correspondent, read, “Olisa Agbakoba and Associates/HURILAWS give you notice of the fatal accident resulting in the deaths of 153 persons including pilots and crew, that occurred on June 3, 2012 involving Dana airline flight 992 within your jurisdiction in the Iju-Ishaga Agege area of Lagos state.
“The crash also caused collateral damage resulting in fatalities in residential accommodation located at Iju-Ishaga. Pursuant to s. 15 (1) of the Coroners System Law 2007 of Lagos state which provides thus: The Coroner shall hold an inquest whenever he is informed that the death of a deceased person lying within his Coroners District was a result of death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.”