Panic in Lagos over plane crash simulation

SimulationTVCE (LAGOS) – Lagosians, particularly those living around the Oworonshoki area of the state on Thursday scamper for safety following the rumour of a plane crash in the area.Rumours of a plane crash spread around Lagos as panicky residents said they saw a plane going down around Oworonshoki area.

But Lagos State Government debunked the rumours, saying what people saw was merely a simulation exercise.

Commenting on the incident, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Michael Akindele,  said it was just simulation being carried out to ascertain preparedness of emergency agencies in case of a plane crash.

“As part of emergency preparedness of the National Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other stakeholders in Lagos State, a simulation exercise was today conducted on plane crash in Oworoshoki area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria,” he said.

Simulation rescue team

Simulation rescue team

Akindele said the exercise was to assess the level of preparedness and identify gaps of emergency responders in case of a plane crash or related emergency in the state.

He explained that the exercise would also help to assist in the areas such as coordination, response time, capacity building and the use of equipment and personnel during emergencies/disaster.

Agencies involved in the exercise were NEMA, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Lagos State Fire Service; Lagos State Waterways Authority.Other agencies are NAMA, NIMASA, Nigeria Police, RRS, NSCDC, FRSC, Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Navy, and the local divers.

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