Lagos Govt Begins Release Of Otedola Fire Victims’ Remains


The Lagos State government began the release of the remains of the Otedola Tanker Fire victims to their families on Saturday.

Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, announced at a press conference on Friday that all the remains of the deceased were successfully identified through DNA testing at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

Idris declared that the remains were, therefore, being handed over to the rightful families.

He said, “Based on the DNA analysis performed at the LSD and FC, all victims samples were successfully matched to relatives’ samples.

“Nine bodies have been successfully matched to nine families out of the 11 families that showed up at the LSD&FC. They are now ready to be handed over to the rightful families for necessary burial arrangement.

“Collection of these remains will commence from 10:00 am tomorrow (Saturday), July 28, 2018, at the Seminar Room of the Pathology and Forensic Medicine Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja."

Twelve people were killed and at least 50 vehicles were burnt in the tragedy which occurred on June 28, 2018.

The explosion occurred when the fuel-laden tanker had a brake failure as it was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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