Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service were, yesterday, contradicted at the on-going coroner proceedings put up to unravel circumstances behind last month’s Dana Air crash in Iju, Lagos.
One hundred and fifty three passengers and some residents of the area were killed in the crash.
The law Chambers of Falana and Falana had petitioned the Lagos State Chief Coroner, Justice Lateefa Okunnu, for an inquiry into the incident.
At the opening of the inquest, yesterday, a fire officer, who was a witness, Mr. Gbadebo Olaogun, testified before a Lagos State Coroner, Mr Oyetade Komolafe, that his team arrived at the scene 14 minutes after they got alert of the incident.
He also informed the coroner that they put off the aircraft’s fire and that of the buildings after working for 15 minutes.
Olaogun said: “We got the call about the crash at 15:56 hours (3:56 pm) and we got to the crash site around 16.10 hours (4.10) pm.”
However, his account was faulted by three lawyers including Mr. Femi Falana, Adewale Adeniyi from Falana Chambers and Ola Momodu from MRS Oil Plc, who said the rescue operations was poor.
The lawyers argued that the pace of the rescue operations by the Lagos State Fire Services was “too slow”, contrary to Olaogun’s evidence.
The witness in his testimonies said:” Our first effort was to make sure that we put out the fire, because the fire was already on the buildings when we got there.”