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A mother’s agony • My body be like pepper, says 80-year-old mother of Capt. Imasuen, pilot of the crashed plane

Posted by By TONY OSAUZO, Benin on 2005/10/26 | Views: 1180 |

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A mother’s agony • My body be like pepper, says 80-year-old mother of Capt. Imasuen, pilot of the crashed plane


As relations and family members of victims of the Bellview plane crash mourn their dead, one regret the 80-year-old mother of the pilot that flew the plane, Madam Elizabeth Emuwahen Edafe has, is that her late son, Captain Lambert Imasuen did not live to bury her.

As relations and family members of victims of the Bellview plane crash mourn their dead, one regret the 80-year-old mother of the pilot that flew the plane, Madam Elizabeth Emuwahen Edafe has, is that her late son, Captain Lambert Imasuen did not live to bury her.

Amid wailing at her 1st Stadium Lane residence, Benin, the octogenarian said her late son had buried his father and close relations, but did not live to give her a befitting burial.

She disclosed that she last spoke to her son six days before the incident, adding that Capt. Lambert Imasuen had come to Benin to see her three weeks earlier.

"He saw me three weeks ago. He phoned me six days ago. I told him I was not well. He was in Port Harcourt. He said he would take an excuse to come and see me. I told him not to worry," Madam Edafe recounted.
She suddenly burst into another round of wailing, saying, "My body be like pepper, I don’t know where I am going."

Daily Sun learnt that death threat to his life forced Captain Imasuen to abandon his dairy company, Ultimate Drinks Limited located on Benin-Agbor Road, Benin, to sign a 10-year flying contract with Bellview, after he had earlier retired from flying to set up his own business.
After he was attacked several times last year and a police guard shot dead in his premises by assailants, Capt Imasuen in an interview with Daily Sun cried out that his life was in danger.
However, not quite a month after his complaint, he was attacked again but narrowly escaped death with serious injuries in his hands and mouth.

Daily Sun learnt that he spent several weeks at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital under tight security provided by the police, before he was referred to Oriafo Hospital, a specialist in orthopaedics, and later referred to Kaduna from where he was flown abroad for plastic surgery.
Upon his recovery, Capt Imasuen left his business in Benin following threat to his life over community matters bordering on land and decided to go back to his flying profession.

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