Human rights lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) says the Nigerian Air Force has no power to investigate the plane crash that killed seven of its staff members around the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja on Sunday.
Falana said that only the Office of Accident Investigation had the right to do so.
Therefore, an order from the Air Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, for a panel of officers to investigate the accident failed.
Speaking to The PUNCH, Falana said: “It is so worrying that impunity has become the order of the top officials of the Buhari administration. The order of the Air Chief of Staff designates in the sense that a panel of air force officers must investigate the plane crash that occurred on Sunday is illegal.
“That was possible under the defunct military dictatorship in Nigeria. But under the current political dispensation, all air crashes will be investigated by the Office of Accident Investigation.
“The AIB reports to the Federal Ministry of Aviation and has the responsibility to investigate any civil aviation accident and serious incident arising out of, or in the course of air navigation, and occurring in or on Nigeria, or occurring in aircraft. Nigerian women elsewhere. . “
The main advocate argued that the AIB was established under Article 29 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 as an autonomous agency reporting to the President through the Minister of Aviation.