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Jonathan Orders Investigation Into Associated Airline Crash

…As Lagos Assembly Describes Crash as National Disaster

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has ordered investigation into the Associated Airline plane crash that killed 14 people on Thursday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The president said the investigation must ascertain the cause of the crash and the actions to be taken to nip in the bud such occurrence in the future.

A statement issued from the Presidency and signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati stated that Jonathan viewed the plane crash as most unfortunate and regrettable, given the concerted efforts of the Federal Government to enhance aviation safety in the country.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has received with great shock and sadness, news of the tragic airplane crash in Lagos earlier today. On behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends condolences to all families who lost members in the plane crash, and the government and people of Ondo State who have been plunged into sorrow yet again while preparing to lay their former governor to rest,’ it stated.

According to the statement, the president felt and shared the grief and pain of the Agagu family as they grapple with the further loss of beloved relatives and associates so soon after losing their husband, father and mentor, while praying God to comfort the bereaved.

The statement said the president had therefore ordered a thorough investigation of the crash by all relevant agencies with a view to determining the cause and taking further actions, as might become necessary.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly has commiserated with families of victims of the plane crash, describing the crash as a national disaster.

Chairman, Lagos House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Segun Olulade, in a statement said the news of the crash came as a.

Mr Segun Olulade, the Chairman, Strategy, Security and Publicity, said in a statement that the crash was a national disaster, saying that the news of the accident came as a huge shock.

“We commiserate with the people and government of Ondo State, especially His Excellency, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko and the families of victims of Associated Airline plane crash. The air disaster came when the nation is still mourning the death of the former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Agagu, whose body was billed for lying-in-state in Akure on Thursday. It is time the nation’s aviation sector is completely overhauled,’ he said.


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