News / Africa

Lawyers Seek Full Compensation for Nigeria Air Crash Victims

The wreckage of the Dana Air plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 6, 2012.The wreckage of the Dana Air plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 6, 2012.
x
The wreckage of the Dana Air plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 6, 2012.
The wreckage of the Dana Air plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 6, 2012.
James Butty
Lawyers for the families of the victims of a Dana Airlines crash in Lagos, Nigeria said financial compensation has been paid in only 80 cases nearly six months after the June 3 crash. 

The plane crashed as it approached the Lagos international airport.  It plowed into a residential area 9 kilometers short of the airport killing all 153 on board and 10 people on the ground. Investigators said the crash was caused by engine failure.

The lawyers said the families of the victims are supposed to receive $30,000 in initial compensation, as required by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Act. 

Lawyers representing about 40 victims have sent a letter to a committee of the Nigerian Senate to force the airline and its insurers to pay compensation to the families of all the victims.  The lawyers also said they have filed a lawsuit in the United States. 

Bunmi Awoyemi, one of the lawyers, said they have scheduled a news conference for Thursday in Lagos to bring world attention to what he calls dishonest and deliberate attempts by Dana Airlines and its representatives not to pay compensation to families of other victims of the crash.

“I’m sure you are aware that over 160 died as a result of the crash and, so far, the compensation that has been paid has been paid to about 80 victims, and that compensation is actually the mandatory compensation as stipulated in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act, which spells out clearly that $30,000 should be paid immediately by the carrier within 30 days of the crash towards expenses for victims of the crash,” he said.

Butty interview with Awoyemi
Butty interview with Awoyemii
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

“Even among the 80 [who received a compensation], about 20 people were paid half of what they were supposed to be paid, which is a clear breach of the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act.  So, we want to bring it to the attention of everyone for the whole world to know that there is a lot of deception going on by the insurers of Dana Airlines and also Dana Airlines itself,” Awoyemi said.

Lawyers representing about 40 victims of the crash have sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate Committee on Aviation to force the airlines and its insurers to pay compensation to the families of other victims.

“The purpose of the letter is to bring it to their attention because they had a number of hearings in the committee a few weeks after the crash.  We want to bring it to the attention of the committee so that the committee will be able to summon the stakeholders like the airlines, their insurers, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, so that they can ensure that the $30,000 is paid to the victims of the crash,” he said.

Awoyemi said repeated requests to get Dana Airlines to pay the compensation have not produced the desired results.

“Even there was a particular forum that was held at the offices of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority where the victims’ families were allowed to ask Dana Airlines officials questions, and also their local insurance company here in Nigeria were also there.  Unfortunately, the answers they gave were not honest answers, and it was very clear that they were not being straightforward,” Awoyemi said.

He said victims’ lawyers have also filed a tort lawsuit in the United States in October on the same issue.

“One of the major reasons why we decided to file in U.S. courts is because of the major delays that we have in the judicial system in Nigeria.  On the average, it takes about 15 to 20 years to conclude a case right from the high court to the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court,” Awoyemi said.

He said they filed the lawsuit in the U.S. not just because of the speed with which U.S. courts dispense of their case loads, but because a lot of U.S. citizens were involved in the Dana Airlines crash.  Nine Americans were on the MD-83 aircraft along with other foreigners.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid