The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has begun to release the bodies of Dana Air accident victims to the families of the deceased.
In the exercise, which began yesterday at LASUTH mortuary, 25 bodies were scheduled for release.
The exercise turned violent as officials of Lagos State security outfit and relatives of the Dana air crash victims beat up some journalists covering the event.
A photographer with Leadership, Mr. Benedict Uwalaka, was beaten to unconsciousness.
Another photographer with ThisDay, Mr. Kola Olasope, lost his camera to the attackers.
The bodies released included those of the former spokesman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Levi Ajuonuma, and Mr. Ehime Aikhomu, son of the late former military vice-president, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu.
Others were Aisha Abdu, Datoru Abikailo, Kaltum Abubakar, Jonathan Abiodun, Ike Abudu, Adekunbi Adebiyi, Oluwadamilare Adeleke, Abraham Adijolola, Inusa Ahmed, Ehi Joel Ailente, Obinna Akubueze, Elizabeth Omuluzua Akweze, Martin Alade, Mahmud Aliyu, Joy Allison, John Hamza Amadu, Raphael O. Amiaka, Oluwatosin Anibaba, Onyeka Chukwuma Anyene, Maimuna Anyene, Roger Aouad, Temitope Aribiyi and Florence Olusola Arokoyu.
This Friday, 27 bodies, including that of one of the air hostesses in the ill-fated aircraft, Miss Vivian Effiong Atangakak, will be released.On Saturday, 26 bodies will be released; 14 on Sunday, including the remains of the former director general of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Prof. Emmanuel Obot, and 38 on Monday.
The chief medical examiner of Lagos state and consultant forensic pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa, said 132 bodies were sent for DNA test in the United Kingdom while 16 others were still being processed.
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