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NEMA Decries Mob-Action, 150 Bodies Recovered

The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi has decried lack of discipline and basic knowledge on public safety

by most Nigerians during disaster and emergency situations.

Sani-Sidi who made the remark this morning before the commencement of search and rescue operation at the scene of the Dana plane crash in Agege, Lagos said the mob crowd that trooped to the scene violated the crash site which made job of search and rescue officers difficult.

He said “the mob-action made the task of response agencies difficult in the initial stage until the arrivals of security personnel who contained the situation.”

He added that NEMA would continue to mobilize, train and equip volunteer groups in disaster management in the country. “Crowd-control has always being our major challenges in disaster management when some people turn the scene to a cinema to watch or engage in nefarious activities” he said

Meanwhile, as at 10am today (Tuesday June 5, 2012) additional bodies have been recovered from the scene of the plane crash, bringing the total to 150 bodies. While most of the bodies were burnt, some beyond recognition others were intact with little bruises.

Rescue officers and engineers would soon pull down some of the affected building at the site to facilitate speedy operation and fumigation.

The black box flight recorder from the Dana air plane had been recovered and given to investigators yesterday.

Yushau A. Shuaib
Head, Public Relations


NEMA Nigeria

All correspondences should be addressed to: Public Relations Division, National Emergency Management Agency, No. 8, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Maitama, Abuja Email: or

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