- Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reacted to the death of Engineer Dauda Onoruoiza
- Onoruoiza, an aeronautic engineer was among the crew of the ill-fated plane crash in Tehran, capital of Iran
- He hailed from Okehi local government area of Kogi state and was the only Nigerian in the ill-fated air accident
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reacted to the death of Engineer Dauda Onoruoiza, who was among the crew of the ill-fated plane crash in Tehran, capital of Iran.
The aircraft owned by Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, heading to Kiev from Tehran, was shot down by a missile shortly after takeoff by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, which attributed it to human error.
Onoruoiza, an aeronautic engineer working with the airline hailed from Okehi local government area of Kogi state and was the only Nigerian in that ill-fated air accident.
The governor described the incident as sad and unfortunate for the state, lamenting that Kogi have lost a promising young engineer.
“It is awful and sad to hear that a Nigerian national and a promising young Kogite in the diaspora was among the 176 passengers on board the crashed Ukrainian airline; a needless and preventable death caused by human error.
“My deepest and sincere sympathy goes to his immediate family and the good people of Okehi local government area, Kogi state and Nigeria at large for this great loss,’’ he said.
According to the flight manifest, victims in the accident included 11 passengers from Ukraine, 82 from Iran, 63 from Canada and three from Germany.
The flight also had 10 passengers from Sweden, four from Afghanistan. Three other passengers were from the United Kingdom.
Onoruoiza is, however, said to be attached to the airline as an aeronautic engineer attached to the plane. He is a member of the airline crew.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said he wants a thorough investigation, a full admission of guilt and compensation from Iran for shooting down its passenger aircraft.
He made the comment on Saturday, January 11, saying Iran must give its 45 experts that have been deployed to unravel the circumstances around the crashed plane “full access and cooperation to establish justice.”
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