The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Tuesday released a list of 29 names of identified victims of the Dana airplane which crashed in Lagos on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the relatives of the victims who thronged the hospital on Tuesday could not go with the bodies.
Prof. David Oke, LASUTH chief medical director, told journalists that autopsy had to be carried out on the 29 bodies before they could be claimed by the relatives as required by the state’s coroner’s law.
He said 29 of the 43 bodies that were brought to the hospital mortuary had been identified by their relatives, adding that the 103 that were burnt beyond recognition were taken to Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
"We are dealing with the ones that are recognisable and had been identified,’’ he said adding that forensic assessment would be conducted on some of the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.
Oke said that the personal effects found on some of them helped in the identification process.
"But we are not stopping at that, we still want somebody in the family to identify them and we hope that in the next three days we would have dispatched the identifiable bodies," Oke added.
NAN gathered that a team of pathologists, headed by Prof. John Obafunwa, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, has arrived at the hospital to begin the identification of unrecognisable corpses, using DNA analysis.
Jason Wu, who works with CCECC, said the corpses of the six Chinese who died in the crash would be taken to China for burial.
"We have only found one of the corpses. The hospital said we can’t take the body today as some protocols need to be followed.’’
One of the five patients still receiving treatment at LASUTH surgical emergency ward, Chima Iloka, said he and his daughter were lucky to have survived the incident.
"The plane crashed into our building and the walls collapsed on my head; my daughter survived but my brother-in-law, Nwanbuwa Okafor, died," he said.
Another patient, Azeez Ogundeyi, an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, was among the rescue teams that arrived early at the crash scene.
"I managed to get some people out of the building before it collapsed on my head; that was the last thing I knew.’’
The identified bodies are those of Martin Alade (M), Sonny Ehioghae (M), Temitope Ariyibi (F), Okocha Christopher (M), Stanford Obstrute (M), Ikpoki Obiola (M), Patrick Eze Okonji (M), Bassey Eyo (M), Kanguyi (Chinese (M), Charles Ntoko (M), Dr Abiodun Jonathan (M) and Ifeanwaka Jones (M).
The list also included Obot Emmanuel (M), Prof. C.O. Onwuluri, Chinwe Uzoamaka Obi (F), Olabinjo Awodogbin (M), Anibaba Tosin (F), Obinna Akubueze (M), Nagidi Ibrahim (M), Mahmud Ahmed Dukawa (M), Ibrahim Jangana (M), George Moses (M), Femi Shobowale (M), Ailende Ehi Joel (M), John Ahmadu Hamza (D.I.G)(M), Kim Edger Norris (M) and two babies.
Meanwhile, a counselling and help desk has been set up at the hospital to help relatives to deal with the loss. (NAN)