SPECIAL REPORT- Interview with surviving victims of Dana plane crash and how #DanaCrashAction is helping

SPECIAL REPORT- Interview with surviving victims of Dana plane crash and how #DanaCrashAction is helping


By Agunbiade Olusegun (@dunamiscrown), Eriaye Joy (@eriayejoy) & Kikiowo Ileowo (@ileowo4ever)

some of the victims of the Dana Plane Crash

The temporary relief camp located in Abanikanda Street, off Haruna until now was another abandoned building along one of Lagos Street. The event of the past two weeks has changed that; it now houses a minimum of 8 families, and at least 30 persons as we speak.
The 3rd of June was just like any other Sunday (considering the fact that we have ‘familiarized’ ourselves with the bombings of the North). It’s started with reports of a bomb blast in the Maiduguri metropolis. The dreaded Boko Haram Sect had struck a church and killed some worshippers. We were still lamenting the state of insecurity and mourning the dead when news filtered in about another tragedy. Albeit, an avoidable one.


A Dana Airline plane had crashed and killed all its 146 passengers and 7 crew members. Also, scores of people were killed and wounded on the ground because it crashed in a densely populated urban area.

Stories have being going round about how lives could have been saved if first responders had gotten to the scene in time. Paradigm Shift Nigeria carried out investigations into eye witness reports of what transpired between the time of crash and the time of explosion, the aftermath. We also visited a temporary relief camp to see what was on ground concerning relief and rehabilitation.

While some eyewitnesses we spoke to stated that the crash happened around 3:05pm, other reports 3:45pm but official time records states 3:41pm. As regards timeline between crash and explosion, we found out none of the eyewitness we interviewed has a video or photo evidence to support the claims that the plane exploded more than 5minutes after it crashed. They all were running helter skater in the confusion that ensued moments after the crash.

What Paradigm Shift Nigeria can confirm is the fact that it did take some few minutes not exceeding maximum of 5-7 minutes before actual explosion took place. With this time-lag, the question begging for an urgent answer is could the fire service and other emergency services have savaged their skill and available technology to save lives within this time lag? Well, it’s a question we all know the answer to.

Having analyzed the oral interview, videos and pictures at our disposal, we found out that lives could have being saved had the people near the crash site knew what to do. Some eyewitnesses said they heard the scream of “Help! Help!! Help!!!” some others said they heard some of the passengers banging the windows but the issue is, majority of Nigerians don’t know the safety procedure or protocols to follow in times of disasters. The National Orientation Agency has a lot of work to do here.

The crash site was flooded with onlookers who had little or no interest in helping the dying and wounded. In reality, most of the people that flooded the crash site (now popularly called New Airport) where simply looking for what to steal or stories to scare people and brag about ‘being there’.

The multitude of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of the ill-fated plane caused more havoc has it took more time before the ‘first’ responders could reach the crash site. The police officers on ground looked so helpless; they later had to resort to the medieval method (horse whip) before they could clear the road.

Kehinde Adekunle before the crash lived on No. 4 Popoola Street, Iju Ishaja. He described how his pregnant wife fell with her protruded tummy on the floor; he sobbed non-stop thinking he had lost his only son. Good news is- his son who was playing outside moments before the crash was found alive few hours later. Describing his horrific experience, he noted that he was doing house shores when the ill-fated plane flew close to his roof, destroyed the mango and coconut tree right in front of his eyes and crash just meters away. We couldn’t continue the interview with him at that point owning to his emotional state. Apparently, he had not overcome the shock he experienced as at the time of interview.

Then came the relief effort


The victims believe that LASEMA and NEMA (Lagos and Federal Emergency Agency respectively) have failed in its primary duties of relieving and rehabilitating the victims and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). On the night of the occurrence, LASEMA relocated the IDPs to an unkempt (according to the victims) government facility (Rehabilitation Centre for Domestic Violence) somewhere in Ayobo (a Lagos suburb).


On arrival, they were giving a kid-size toothbrush, bathroom slippers and toilet soap each. Pastor Adedini Adekunle who lived on 4, Okusanya Street before the incident noted that, there was no way they could have survived in the government facility for 2days.

Lies! Lies!! Lies!!!


They were jolted the morning after when they read in the papers that government had relocate 38 families to Agbowa (a Lagos Surburb).  Disappointed with the lies and shabby treatment they demanded to be taken back to the ruins of there former homes.

Along came #DanaCrashAction

Moved by the plights of these individuals, some twerps rose up with the hash-tag #DanaCrashAction on twitter and called for material donation from all over the world to ‘save’ the IDPs. Deji Ashiru (@wildeji), Kathlene Ndogmo (@kathleneNdogmo), Seun (@seunfakze), Folashade (@shecrownlita) , Kwame, Temmy beauty, wale babatunde and some others who formed the core team rose to the challenge and with the help of Honourable Ayodele Campbell, they were able to secure an apartment that accommodated 8 families.

Deji Ashiru spoke passionately about Crowd-Sourcing Emergency Response Protocol and how it helped in relieving the pains of the IDPs. Deji stated that their initial intention was to act as liaison between the individuals who wanted to help and the government, not take over the role of government.

Lamenting the rot in government, he wondered “why money would be released to LASEMA, and it was embezzled”. In few hours, they were able to come up with a somewhat decent accommodation for the displaced families. Though the 3bedroom apartment had no roof whatsoever, they were able to put up a roof under 24 hours and an ongoing extension outside the main building.


As at the time of interview, 30 families had showed up to be accepted but the facility was just not adequate.

Thanks to the generosity of Nigerians who stood together and showed courage in time of trouble, 5 years old Rebecca Julius, 16 year old Sufiat Suliamon has a place to lay their head until things return to normal. Arrangement is also on ground to transport them to and fro their respective schools.


A corporate organisation donated a power generating set, several others made supplies with many more showing interest. The team (soon to be known has First Responders) stated that it plans for a one month relief operation and not the long term rehabilitation process; they are going to handover the families to credible organisation who would work on the rehabilitation process.




Sufiat Suliamon

Mr Deji Ashiru stated that this incident has brought to limelight government unpreparedness for any emergencies. He wants the government to have a workable Disaster Response Protocol in place. No doubt more lives could have being saved if the government was proactive enough.

You can join this noble cause by donating into a GTB specially set up for this purpose. Be rest assure your donations are in safe hands.

Deji Ashiru and friend…gotten so close in few days

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By Agunbiade Olusegun (@dunamiscrown), Eriaye Joy (@eriayejoy) & Kikiowo Ileowo (@ileowo4ever)

some of the victims of the Dana Plane Crash

The temporary relief camp located in Abanikanda Street, off Haruna until now was another abandoned building along one of Lagos Street. The event of the past two weeks has changed that; it now houses a minimum of 8 families, and at least 30 persons as we speak.
The 3rd of June was just like any other Sunday (considering the fact that we have ‘familiarized’ ourselves with the bombings of the North). It’s started with reports of a bomb blast in the Maiduguri metropolis. The dreaded Boko Haram Sect had struck a church and killed some worshippers. We were still lamenting the state of insecurity and mourning the dead when news filtered in about another tragedy. Albeit, an avoidable one.


A Dana Airline plane had crashed and killed all its 146 passengers and 7 crew members. Also, scores of people were killed and wounded on the ground because it crashed in a densely populated urban area.

Stories have being going round about how lives could have been saved if first responders had gotten to the scene in time. Paradigm Shift Nigeria carried out investigations into eye witness reports of what transpired between the time of crash and the time of explosion, the aftermath. We also visited a temporary relief camp to see what was on ground concerning relief and rehabilitation.

While some eyewitnesses we spoke to stated that the crash happened around 3:05pm, other reports 3:45pm but official time records states 3:41pm. As regards timeline between crash and explosion, we found out none of the eyewitness we interviewed has a video or photo evidence to support the claims that the plane exploded more than 5minutes after it crashed. They all were running helter skater in the confusion that ensued moments after the crash.

What Paradigm Shift Nigeria can confirm is the fact that it did take some few minutes not exceeding maximum of 5-7 minutes before actual explosion took place. With this time-lag, the question begging for an urgent answer is could the fire service and other emergency services have savaged their skill and available technology to save lives within this time lag? Well, it’s a question we all know the answer to.

Having analyzed the oral interview, videos and pictures at our disposal, we found out that lives could have being saved had the people near the crash site knew what to do. Some eyewitnesses said they heard the scream of “Help! Help!! Help!!!” some others said they heard some of the passengers banging the windows but the issue is, majority of Nigerians don’t know the safety procedure or protocols to follow in times of disasters. The National Orientation Agency has a lot of work to do here.

The crash site was flooded with onlookers who had little or no interest in helping the dying and wounded. In reality, most of the people that flooded the crash site (now popularly called New Airport) where simply looking for what to steal or stories to scare people and brag about ‘being there’.

The multitude of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of the ill-fated plane caused more havoc has it took more time before the ‘first’ responders could reach the crash site. The police officers on ground looked so helpless; they later had to resort to the medieval method (horse whip) before they could clear the road.

Kehinde Adekunle before the crash lived on No. 4 Popoola Street, Iju Ishaja. He described how his pregnant wife fell with her protruded tummy on the floor; he sobbed non-stop thinking he had lost his only son. Good news is- his son who was playing outside moments before the crash was found alive few hours later. Describing his horrific experience, he noted that he was doing house shores when the ill-fated plane flew close to his roof, destroyed the mango and coconut tree right in front of his eyes and crash just meters away. We couldn’t continue the interview with him at that point owning to his emotional state. Apparently, he had not overcome the shock he experienced as at the time of interview.

Then came the relief effort


The victims believe that LASEMA and NEMA (Lagos and Federal Emergency Agency respectively) have failed in its primary duties of relieving and rehabilitating the victims and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). On the night of the occurrence, LASEMA relocated the IDPs to an unkempt (according to the victims) government facility (Rehabilitation Centre for Domestic Violence) somewhere in Ayobo (a Lagos suburb).


On arrival, they were giving a kid-size toothbrush, bathroom slippers and toilet soap each. Pastor Adedini Adekunle who lived on 4, Okusanya Street before the incident noted that, there was no way they could have survived in the government facility for 2days.

Lies! Lies!! Lies!!!


They were jolted the morning after when they read in the papers that government had relocate 38 families to Agbowa (a Lagos Surburb).  Disappointed with the lies and shabby treatment they demanded to be taken back to the ruins of there former homes.

Along came #DanaCrashAction

Moved by the plights of these individuals, some twerps rose up with the hash-tag #DanaCrashAction on twitter and called for material donation from all over the world to ‘save’ the IDPs. Deji Ashiru (@wildeji), Kathlene Ndogmo (@kathleneNdogmo), Seun (@seunfakze), Folashade (@shecrownlita) , Kwame, Temmy beauty, wale babatunde and some others who formed the core team rose to the challenge and with the help of Honourable Ayodele Campbell, they were able to secure an apartment that accommodated 8 families.

Deji Ashiru spoke passionately about Crowd-Sourcing Emergency Response Protocol and how it helped in relieving the pains of the IDPs. Deji stated that their initial intention was to act as liaison between the individuals who wanted to help and the government, not take over the role of government.

Lamenting the rot in government, he wondered “why money would be released to LASEMA, and it was embezzled”. In few hours, they were able to come up with a somewhat decent accommodation for the displaced families. Though the 3bedroom apartment had no roof whatsoever, they were able to put up a roof under 24 hours and an ongoing extension outside the main building.


As at the time of interview, 30 families had showed up to be accepted but the facility was just not adequate.

Thanks to the generosity of Nigerians who stood together and showed courage in time of trouble, 5 years old Rebecca Julius, 16 year old Sufiat Suliamon has a place to lay their head until things return to normal. Arrangement is also on ground to transport them to and fro their respective schools.


A corporate organisation donated a power generating set, several others made supplies with many more showing interest. The team (soon to be known has First Responders) stated that it plans for a one month relief operation and not the long term rehabilitation process; they are going to handover the families to credible organisation who would work on the rehabilitation process.




Sufiat Suliamon

Mr Deji Ashiru stated that this incident has brought to limelight government unpreparedness for any emergencies. He wants the government to have a workable Disaster Response Protocol in place. No doubt more lives could have being saved if the government was proactive enough.

You can join this noble cause by donating into a GTB specially set up for this purpose. Be rest assure your donations are in safe hands.

Deji Ashiru and friend…gotten so close in few days

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