Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Update: Aide confirms Yakowa’s death in chopper crash, Azazi feared dead too


Late Patrick Yakowa

Mr. Yakowa died in the helicopter that crashed in Bayelsa.

An aide of the Governor of Kaduna, Patrick Yakowa, has confirmed the death of his boss in the Bayelsa Helicopter crash, Reuters has reported.

Mr. Yakowa and a former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, are among those believed to have died in the Naval Helicopter crash.

The Bayelsa State Police spokesperson, Fidelis Odunna, also confirmed a helicopter had crashed in Ogbia Creek but gave no details of the causalities.

Other occupants are believed to be aides to the dignitaries.

The dignitaries travelled to attend the burial ceremony of the father of a presidential aide, Oronto Douglas.

The burial of Obereba Douglas was scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Okoroba, Bayelsa State.

Yushau Shuaib, the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency could not be reached for comment on the crash, although the agency had reported it was searching for a crashed helicopter on Saturday. Other zonal coordinators of the agency, however, said they are yet to be briefed.

Airport authorities are also yet to get details of the crash even as rescue efforts are ongoing.

The Ministry of Aviation is yet to confirm the crash or casualties. The Minister’s spokesman, Joe Obi, did not pick his calls as officials struggle to get details of the crash.

The crash is coming less than two months after an airplane crash in Adamawa involving the Governor of Taraba, Danbaba Suntai. Mr. Suntai is still in a German hospital where he is receiving treatment.

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