The Navy said it will await the outcome of its investigation on the helicopter crash.
The Nigerian Navy has said it will not comment, yet, on the appropriateness or otherwise of using a naval helicopter for an un-important, non-state function.
When PREMIUM TIMES sought to know why a military aircraft was used for a personal function and whether that was the norm in the military, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Navy, Kabiru Aliyu, said he could not respond to the question.
Mr. Aliyu, a commodore, said he would not comment because there was an ongoing investigation on the crash.
“A board of inquiry has been set up concerning the incident that happened on Saturday, the board will dig deeply into the root cause and all that went through and wrong,” he said. “It will be prejudicial for me to
make any statement now that will disrupt the ongoing investigation.”
The Naval spokesperson said the Navy would make the outcome of its findings public.
“When the investigations are done with we’ll make our findings public to the people,” he said.
A team of investigators, led by the Chief of Naval Staff, Dele Ezeoba, visited Bayelsa State to commence investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash. The investigation was ordered by President Jonathan.
A Senator, Olubunmi Adetunbi, had questioned the use of the helicopter for private purposes.
“Who gave the order for the chopper to be used? What is the purpose of private charter helicopter? Why was a private chopper not hired? Is it what the Navy appropriation is being used for?” Mr. Adetunbi said on the floor of the Nigerian Senate.
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