Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fresh electric spark stops Obafunwa’s testimony at Dana Coroner’s inquest

An electric spark at the Magistrate’s Court, venue of the ongoing coroner court, yesterday, prevented a renowned pathologist, Professor John Obafunwa, from given further testimony on the Deoxi-ribonucleic Acid, DNA, test carried out on victims of Dana Air crash before the ongoing coroner’s into the Dana Air Crash of June 3.

The coroner judge, Mr. Oyetade Komolafe, the counsel appearing for the inquest, some of the relatives and witness had arrived the venue but were directed to take their leave when the smoke from an electric spark became intense. 
The proceedings were finally suspended as smell of burning wires pervaded the court room.

Efforts by technicians to rectify the fault for proceedings to continue proved abortive, which forced the magistrate to adjourn the sitting till a later date.

Prof. Obafunwa, alongside the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, were expected to make fresh appearances before the Coroner to shed more light on evidence they gave earlier.

It will be recalled that a similar incident occurred on Monday, August 6 when the inquest was brought to an abrupt stop due to an electrical fault that caused smoke in the court room.

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