Human rights activist, Bamidele Aturu, has filed a suit before an Abuja Federal High Court asking the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to release to him reports of all the 37 air crashes which occurred in the country since November 20, 1969.
He based the suit on the alleged refusal of the minister to comply with a requested made on 13th June 2012 in compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
Aturu is asking the court to grant him the following reliefs:
“An order granting leave to the applicant to apply for judicial review and to seek for an order of mandamus directing and or compelling the 1st and the 2nd respondents (Aviation Minister and the Ministry of Aviation) to disclose to or make available to the applicant or grant him access to the information requested by him in his letter dated the 13th June, 2012 concerning the following air incidents or accidents that occurred on the dates and in respect of the aircrafts.”
The listed accident reports requested for dated back as follows:
November 20, 1969: Nigeria Airways BAC VC10; December 1988: Skypower Brandeironte aircraft; 26 Jun 1991; Okada Air BAC-111; February 24, 1991: British Helicopter; May 21, 1991: A Cessna Citation 550; June 26, 1991: An Okada Air Bac-11 and July 11, 1991: Nigeria Airways DC-8-61.
He also asked for details of the September 26, 1992: Nigerian Air Force A C-130; June 24, 1995: Harka Air Services Tupolev 34; November 13, 1995: Nigeria Airways Boeing 737-2F9; November 7, 1996: A Nigerian ADC (Aviation Development Corporation) Airline Boeing 727-231; January 31, 1997: SkyPower Express Airways Embraer 110PIA; September 12, 1997: A NAF Dornier 228-212; January 5, 2000: SkyPower Express Airways Bandeirante 110P1A and October 26, 2000: Dornier aircraft.
Similarly, Aturu is interested in the details of the May 4, 2002: EAS Airlines’ BAC 1-11-500 crash; the November 30, 2003, a Cargo aircraft; March 6, 2004: An aenail spray aircraft with registration number 5NBEF; July 26, 2004: Pan African Airlines’ helicopter; December 29, 2004: A Boeing 727 of Chanchangi Airlines; December 29, 2004: A Kenya Airlines aircraft and January 28, 2005: A Nigeria Air Force fighter plane.
Other requested details includes accidents involving the February 25, 2005: ADC’s B73 aircraft; March 27, 2005: A Boeing 737 of Bellview; June 11/12, 2005: Lagos: a Boeing 727-200 aircraft; June 24, 2005: A Russian aircraft belonging to Harka Air; July 6, 2005, Port Harcourt: an Air France A330 plane; July 23, 2005, a Lufthansa aircraft ; October 22, 2005: A Bellview Airlines Boeing 737; December 10, 2005: A Sosoliso Airlines DC-; September 17, 2006: A 18-seater Dornier 228 Air Force transport plane as well as the October 29, 2006: Aviation Development Corporation Airline Boeing 737.”