Nigerian Governor, Ex-National Security Adviser, 4 Others Die In Air Crash

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – A helicopter crash in the forests of Okoroba community in Nembe local Government of Bayelsa State has consumed the lives of Kaduna State governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), General Owoye Andrew Azazi (rtd) and four others.  The other victims were the pilot and co-pilot (Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba & Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole), and aides to Yakowa and Azazi (Dauda Tsoho & Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal).

 

The crash occurred around 4: 30 pm local time shortly after  take-off. Masterweb News Desk gathered the victims were returning to Yenagoa (Bayelsa State capital) from the funeral of the father of  Douglas Oronto, one of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Advisers when they met their untimely death.

 

Fidelis Odunna, Bayelsa police spokesman confirmed a navy helicopter crashed in Ogbia Creek but gave no details of those onboard. An aide to Yakowa speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the death of his boss in the crash. Many important  dignitaries were in Bayelsa on Saturday for the funeral.  President Jonathan was not in Bayelsa at the time of the crash, according to the presidency.

 

Comrade Hitler Adunion, ex-Chairman of Okoroba Community Development Committee (OCDC) who witnessed the incident told reporters the helicopter wobbled and nosedived into the forest bursting into flames.  In his words: "We sighted the chopper wobbling and crash-landed. By the time we got to the scene, it was in flames. We tried to put out the flame but it was difficult. We saw the roasted bodies of those inside."

 

Kaduna metropolis streets  swelled with pockets of crowd discussing the demise of Yakowa as the news filtered in, three hours after the crash and confirmation he was onboard the ill-fated copter. Security has been beefed up in the city.  Security forces patrol  all nooks and corners of the city. There is unprecedented traffic jam on most major roads and streets of the city.

 

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) located the crash site within 20 minutes after the disaster and found all  the six passengers dead, most burnt beyond recognition. The dead bodies, which included those of Governor Yakowa and  General Azazi were deposited in the mortuary of an undisclosed hospital.

 

 

 

*Photo Caption – Late Governor Yakowa –Left;  Late General Azazi -Right.

 
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