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Plane Crash: Fashola Takes Custody Of Three Children At Disaster Site, Relocates Them To Government House

Jun 4, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday personally took custody of three children - Joel Okwuchukwu (11), Chisom Okwuchukwu (9), and Esther Okwuchukwu (7), at the site of Sunday's Dana Airline plane crash.

Governor Fashola, who visited the site early in the morning to monitor the rescue activities at the site of the disaster, took custody of the children who said they were sent on an errand by their parents whose names they gave as Mr. Jeremiah Okwuchukwu and Mrs. Josephine Okwuchukwu.

According to the children, they were resident with their parents at 12 Olaniyi Street, Iju, and had been sent on an errand shortly before the tragic plane crash which affected their home.

The children, who were obviously confused and traumatized and were still unsure of the where-about of their parents, said they spent the night with neighbours but returned to the site early in the morning hoping to locate them. Governor Fashola, moved by the plight of these children, took them in one of the vehicles in his convoy to the State House, Ikeja, where they are being cared for.

The children later gave the name of a relative they could recall as Tony Okwuchukwu whom they said was their uncle and who, by their account, lives in Abuja.

A Help Line – 08023414111 – has been opened at the Lagos State Television (LTV), on Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja, to enable anybody who knows the children, including their uncle, Tony Okwuchukwu, to contact the Lagos State Government with sufficient proof in order to reunite the children with their parents and relations.

Yesterday afternoon, a Dana Airlines aircraft with 153 passengers on board crashed at the Iju/Ishaga area of the State killing all the passengers and 10 other people on the ground while the ill-fated aircraft destroyed some houses as it fell to the ground.


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