Sunday, December 16, 2012

UPDATE: Governor Yakowa Of Kaduna, Former NSA Azazi Dead In Helicopter Crash

Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi apparently died in a helicopter that crashed yesterday in Bayelsa State.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi, a retired military general who served as chief security adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, were among passengers in the ill-fated helicopter.


Nigeria's National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had earlier indicated that the agency had activated a search for a crashed helicopter.

Sources had earlier disclosed that the crashed chopper was carrying “some major political figures.” As at the time of going to press, Saharareporters was unable to confirm the identity of any other passengers in the ill-fated chopper.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi were among many political figures who reportedly attended the burial of the father of senior presidential aide Oronto Douglas. The funeral event took place in the Nembe area of Bayelsa State earlier today.  SaharaReporters learnt that the crashed helicopter was one of several helicopters that ferried some well-connected people to the funeral.

The crash comes on the heels of a plane crash on October 25, 2012 that has left Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State brain-damaged. Mr. Suntai was moved to a hospital in Germany where he remains in poor shape, unable to recognize his visitors or to speak.

UPDATE: The National Emergency Management Agency has just disclosed that 6 bodies have been recovered at the crash site in Bayelsa. The Kaduna state Governor,Patrick Yakowa and the former National Security Adviser, Owoye Azazi were among the dead bodies recovered at the site.The helicopter crash occurred yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Timi Dakolo, West African Idol winner thanked God he did not enter the ill-fated helicopter as he and his wife who he recently married had a change of mind at the last minute and decided to travel by road.

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