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THE NATION FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

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NEWS THE DANA AIR PLANE CRASH

‘My bright Sunday afternoon suddenly turned dark’ •Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola exchanging pleasantries with former Governor Lateef Jakande at the graduation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo... yesterday. Watching is Chief Omolade Okoya-Thomas PHOTO: MOSES OMOSEHIN

For Adobi Mojekwu, one of the victims of the Dana Air plane crash, the tears of many a relative, associate and well-wisher may take longer to dry. They have been pouring out their hearts in a memorial website, reports OLUKOREDE YISHAU

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•From left: Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Jibril Aku, Miss Universe 2011, Miss Leila Lopez, Executive Director, Corporate Banking, Ecobank, Ms. Foluke Aboderin and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mrs. Denike Laoye during the Miss Universe’s visit to the bank ...yesterday PHOTO: BOLA OMILABU

•Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Wael Ammar, Managing Director, Total Nigeria, Mr. Francois Boussagol, Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Hakeem Bello-Osagie and Chairman, Total Nigeria, Mr. Stenislas Mittelman at the Etisalat/Total Nigeria Plc strategic partnership signing ceremony in Lagos...on Wednesday PHOTO: NIYI ADENIRAN

HE was 46 years on May 10. But, exactly 24 days later, Adobi Mojekwu boarded a Dana Air plane from Abuja on her way to Lagos. The plane got to Lagos with difficulties and crashed in Iju-Ishaga on the outskirts of Lagos. Some days after, a memorial website was opened for her. Friends, associates and people she mentored have been pouring encomiums on her. What they have written about her indicates that many may never recover from her death. An acquaintance, Chinyelu Onuora, recalled how she sent her a text that she was compelled to pay premium for the return trip, which was never to be. Onuora said: “Shortly after replying you in expectation that your flight would have arrived, those gory BB messages and pictures started hitting my phone. My bright Sunday afternoon suddenly turned dark, sadness enveloped me. I hate to think you are gone and have asked why severally without an answer.” The deceased’s cousin, Chukwuemeka Okpalaoka, recalled how she was the only one who could get away with calling him a name he despised. He said the deceased’s car is in his house and he only had the courage to drive it some days back. Okpalaoka said: “Considering the fact that as cousins, we never used to talk about 15 years ago, yet we lived in the same house. You would cook and not give me, but you always waited for me to come back from work, because you knew I always had a story to tell. Here we are 15 years after, you alone called me a name I so despised and

hated. I could not have a complete day without talking to you. I must not come to your house with a full belly. You were ever so curious to know the kind of woman I would marry; you had to go through all the hold-up at Apongbon to see this woman I want to spend my whole life with. ‘So that is your spec,’ you said. I did not know I was the one getting married or you. “I would buy ordinary yam for you and you would tie ribbon on it and check it into a plane that eventually took your life. ‘Please nothing should happen to this yam,’ you would tell them. You would cook the yam yourself and tell people. ‘This is Mimi’s yam, my brother.’ “Adobi, your eco green Hyundia ix35 is in my house. Come, let me drive you round. I have finally driven it. Please come, please come I am waiting... I will be at the arrival terminal waiting for you to come. Just because I know you live. “Heaven is wondering what has changed. You have made your grand entry over there as you always do here on earth. I know this because even the devil would not have you in hell because you would take the attention away from him and make the people there happy! Adobi, you live, I know you live. Life might not be the same without you but I know you live!” One of her childhood friends, Nonny Azike, said it is difficulty coming to terms with the fact that she is dead. Azike said she has been seeing flashes of those days when they used to play all the time, share food, sweets and dolls. She said: “Going to school, though you were younger, I took you like a baby sister I did not have. Then we lost touch for so many years and

Coroner’s inquest for hearing next Monday

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•Chairmain, Isolo Local Development Council, Sghamsideen Olaleye, member, House of Representatives, Hakeem Muniru and one of the beneficiaries of Muniru’s empowerment programme, Mrs. Wosilat Jimoh in Lagos... PHOTO: BOLA OMILABU yesterday

HOURHG its Alimosho District office, the Coroners’ Court of Lagos State has approved the request for an inquest into the June 3 crash of Dana Air plane in Iju-Ishaga, a Lagos suburb . Lagos lawyer Femi Falana, in a letter addressed to the Chief Coroner of Lagos, accused the management of the Dana Air, of causing the death of 153 passengers by allowing a ‘defective’ aircraft to fly. Besides, he alleged that the distress call made by the pilot of the plane to the airport was ignored. The lawyer activist said in the letter: “In the light of the foregoing, we request you to use your good officers to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of the air crash and make appropriate recommendations.” Acting on the request, the chief coroner, L.A. Okunnu has directed the coroner, Alimosho District Mr. D. A. Komolafe to conduct an inquest. The Alimosho coroner’s District has fixed next Monday for the hearing of the inquest. It urged any party seeking the post-ponement of the hearing to apply to court No 5, Abule-Egba before June 18.

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