Dana crash: NNPC collects one corpse, awaits Ajuonuma’s

Dana crash: NNPC collects one corpse, awaits Ajuonuma’s

The air of uncertainty hanging over the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, over the death of four its personnel in the Dana plane crash, has started to clear as the corpse of one of the victims had been identified and collected.

The remains of Nagidi Ibrahim, who was until the accident, the Senior Contract Specialist to Brass LNG Limited, handed over to the family had already been buried in Ilorin, Kwara State.

A top official of the Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Mr. Fidel Pepple, confirmed the development in a telephone interview.

He said NNPC was still working with relevant institutions, including the Lagos State Government and the airline to recover other corpses.

He said: “We have been working and will continue to work with the Dana Airline, Lagos State Government and others to ensure that the remaining bodies are recovered and handed over to their families. As a socially responsible organisation, we are concerned about the plight of the families at a time like this.”

The bodies of the former spokesman of the corporation, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, Manager, Pipeline and Depot Project, Okikiolu Olukayode and Deputy Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, Mr. Inuwa Ahmed have not yet been recovered.

Pepple said the corporation would also ensure that adequate entitlements were paid to the families as stipulated in the organisation’s terms of employment.

The official said NNPC was pleased with efforts, which different people and institutions had made to not only identify the corpses but also resolve critical challenges associated with the crash in which about 157 people perished.

He said: “The issues are complex. We must commend all authorities for their efforts put in to solve all the problems. We will continue to support them to settle all problems associated with the incident.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has visited the families of the victims.

The air of uncertainty hanging over the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, over the death of four its personnel in the Dana plane crash, has started to clear as the corpse of one of the victims had been identified and collected.

The remains of Nagidi Ibrahim, who was until the accident, the Senior Contract Specialist to Brass LNG Limited, handed over to the family had already been buried in Ilorin, Kwara State.

A top official of the Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Mr. Fidel Pepple, confirmed the development in a telephone interview.

He said NNPC was still working with relevant institutions, including the Lagos State Government and the airline to recover other corpses.

He said: “We have been working and will continue to work with the Dana Airline, Lagos State Government and others to ensure that the remaining bodies are recovered and handed over to their families. As a socially responsible organisation, we are concerned about the plight of the families at a time like this.”

The bodies of the former spokesman of the corporation, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, Manager, Pipeline and Depot Project, Okikiolu Olukayode and Deputy Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, Mr. Inuwa Ahmed have not yet been recovered.

Pepple said the corporation would also ensure that adequate entitlements were paid to the families as stipulated in the organisation’s terms of employment.

The official said NNPC was pleased with efforts, which different people and institutions had made to not only identify the corpses but also resolve critical challenges associated with the crash in which about 157 people perished.

He said: “The issues are complex. We must commend all authorities for their efforts put in to solve all the problems. We will continue to support them to settle all problems associated with the incident.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has visited the families of the victims.

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