Dana Crash: DNA Results Will Be Out Next Week – Medical Examiner


The Coroner’s Court investigating the June 3, 2012 Dana crash was on Wednesday informed by Chief Medical Examiner of Lagos State and consultant forensic pathologist, Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa that the DNA tests on the bodies of some of the crash victims would be ready next week.

Obafunwa, who doubles as the Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), told the Court now sitting within the premises of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja recounted the gory sight of some of the bodies when the body bags were brought to the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH).

Obafunwa, who was a witness, was led in evidence by Akingbolahan Adeniran, a counsel from the State Ministry of Justice, said when the body bags of the victims were opened at the morgue, some of them contained bone fragments while some had body parts.

He informed the coroner, Alexander Oyetade Komolafe that the Pathology Department was able to identify about 152 bodies.  

He informed that 60 percent of the crash victims had multiple injuries while about 20 percent had multiple injuries and smoke inhalation.

“Fifty bodies were fairly complete; about 100 victims were burnt while there were also charred bodies. There are bodies with recognisable heads and some their limbs are chopped off. ‘’

Obafunwa added ‘’I am expecting that the DNA results will be finalised next week.

In his testimony, the consultant pathologist also said the chemical analysis of the samples and tissues taken from the bodies of the victims would be ready in two weeks’ time.
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