Residents of Lagos State were, yesterday, enveloped by flood following heavy downpour that started Wednesday night.
I quickly browsed this story last week, but didn’t pay much attention to it because I thought that it was not true. It is real though. I’ve seen it a couple of more times and this time it held my attention.
Back in the old days, when someone died, you’d have a “wake” for them. While we still do this today, the reasoning isn’t the same. These days, we do it to remember our lost loved one, to look at old pictures together and commiserate. Back then, though, wakes were held to make sure the person was really dead, which is the subject of this story. Earlier this month in Brazil, a two-year-old boy woke up at his own funeral, asked for some water, then laid back down, only this time, he was actually dead.
The child’s family was naturally devastated.
Santos said his son was a victim of medical malpractice, and said he has registered a complaint with the police.
The boy’s father, Antonio Santos, said, “Everybody started to scream, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life. Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn’t wake him. He was dead again.”
The family rushed the boy back to the hospital, where doctors reexamined him but pronounced him dead again, unfortunately.
“They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard,” Santos said.
Kelvin Santos had supposedly died earlier that week, and the doctors said at the time that he had stopped breathing during pneumonia treatment. Santos said that his son was a victim of medical malpractice, and has registered a complaint with the police.
“Dead people don’t just wake up and talk. I’m determined to find out the truth,” Santos said.
The family delayed the funeral for a while just to make sure, but ended up burying the boy later that day.
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One of the most tragic stories from the ill-fated flight Dana Air 992 that crashed in Lagos on Sunday revolves around Maimuna Anyene, a Connecticut-based Nigerian woman, who died along with her husband, sister, her four kids, two cousins and her mother-in-law.
The Dana Airline flight from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, had less than three minutes to make it to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, but it did not make it. It crashed into residential buildings at Olaniyi Street, Iju, a suburb of Lagos, killing more than 30 others on the ground.
The Dana airplane came down at exactly 3.45pm. The plane which obviously had problem in the air tried unsuccessfully to make it but crashed into a church, Mountain of Fire, and a two-storey building. The impact of the crash on the building led to a massive fire which prevented immediate rescue operations.
Some of those who lost their lives include a northern elder and a retired federal permanent secretary under General Yakubu Gowon and Murtala Muhammed’s government, Alhaji Ibrahim Damcida; the spokesman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Levi Ajuonuma; a director of Mainstreet Bank, Shehu Sa’ad; Ehimie Aikhomu, Professor Celestine Onwuliri, the husband of the minister of state for foreign affairs, Prof Viola Onwuliri and a family of seven, among others.
It was also alleged that the ill-fated Dana plane had been under repair for several weeks and the airline’s station manager protested its use, but the Indian management was said to have insisted it should fly.
The aircraft must have sent distress signals to the airport as its fire fighters from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) were the first to arrive the scene 30 minutes after the plane went down.
A police chopper was the first to locate the scene of the crash a few minutes after it happened, which facilitated quick
mobilisation of fire fighters to the scene.
The fire was eventually put out at about 6.35pm before rescue efforts could begin. As at the time LEADERSHIP left the area, three dead bodies of residents of the two-storey building had been pulled out of the rubble while the plane itself created a deep crater at the church.
About 15 people were said to be inside the church building holding a meeting when the plane went down.
The plane, which flew dangerously for more than five minutes, pulled down a mango tree and an electric pole. “We thank God that it did not hit our house,” says Angela Umoru, an eyewitness.
Speaking on the disaster, the director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Harold Denuren, said the flight was heading from Abuja to Lagos, the capital. He further said, “I don’t believe there are any survivors.”
In August 2010, the US announced it had given Nigeria the FAA’s Category 1 status, its top safety rating that allows the nation’s domestic carriers to fly directly to the US.
This latest incident came after another plane crash on Saturday night in Accra, capital of the nearby West African nation of Ghana, which saw a cargo plane overshoot a runway and hit a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people.
The Allied Air cargo plane had departed from Lagos and was to land in Accra.
Ill-fated aircraft had escaped crash before
The Dana aircraft which killed all 153 passengers and crew members on board and several other people on the ground is said to have narrowly escaped a crash in the last couple of weeks before yesterday’s fatal accident.
LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that the aircraft, Dana Air MD-83 5-RAM, was formerly an Alaska Airline plane built in 1990.
The reports have it that the crashed plane was the same one that had a landing gear problem in Uyo a couple of weeks back.
The aircraft also reportedly developed hydraulic problem midair and had to make emergency landing three weeks ago in Lagos.
The manufacturers of the MD aircraft are said to have stopped producing it and are in the process of phasing it out.
The fact that Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria’s top goal scorer and one-time African Football player Of The Year, is dead is sad news. What makes it even more sad was that he died of a mental illness and broke. Left to pick up the pieces are 3 former wives and three children. He died yesterday in a private hospital in Ibadan. Yekini will be buried today at Ira, Kwara State. One-time national teammate of Yekini, Ike Shorunmu, said he was informed by the mother of one of Yekini’s children that the agressive striker was dead.”It’s so sad but the truth of the matter is that our dear Rashidi Yekini is dead,”Shorunmu lamented. ”He died in a private hospital in Ibadan,” he said.”The woman who had a daughter for Yekini told me this sad news and told me that he would be buried today in Ira, Kwara State,” said Shorunmu.
Kwara State’s Commissioner for Information, Tunji Moronfoye, spoke after the death of the football star, saying,”….he was a close friend of mine, a relative of sort, having the same root from Kwara State. We are second cousins in fact. He died of depression. When Yekini’s football career ended, he had problems adjusting with life outside the spotlight. Stories from sources say that he lived a solitary life and was mostly unhappy. Many celebrities and government officials prayed for Rashidi Yekini and his family. Yekini will be buried today according to Muslim rites in Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Rashidi Yekini was Nigeria’s national record goal scorer, netting 37 goals in 58 appearances. He represented Nigeria at the 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 Africa Nations Cup finals. He also represented Nigeria at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.Yekini played for Nigeria at the USA’94 and France ’98 World Cups finals. In 1993, he was crowned African Footballer Of The Year; the first time a Nigerian would be so honored. Segun Odegbami, former Nigeria’s captain, expressed shock over the demise of Yekini, saying that it was unbelievable.”It can’t be true, I can’t believe it, Rashidi dead,? he exclaimed.His neighbours said Yekini had been taken out of his Ibadan residence by relatives when it was obvious that he was finding life difficult.”He had been ill and about two weeks ago, his relatives moved him to an undisclosed location, in order to provide better treatment for the ailing star.
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