at the event before the crash UPDATED!!! [The bodies of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi (retd.), have been recovered, two hours after they died in a plane crash in the Nembe area of President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, Bayelsa, South-South Nigeria]
Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi apparently died in a helicopter that crashed today in Bayelsa State, a reliable source has told SaharaReporters.
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.
Our 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 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
News reports confirms that the helicopter was conveying the Kaduna State Governor, Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, General Owoeye Azazi from the funeral of the father of the Special Adviser to the President, Douglas Oronto to their hotel room in the Bayelsa metropolis – when it crashed into the creeks. The helicopter busted into flames as it crashed.
Information from the local residents indicated that shortly after the helicopter took off – it appeared to develop what seems like a mechanical problem. The pilot decided to plunge the helicopter into the creek – where it exploded upon impact. The explosion was reported to have caused the nearby community to rush out to the area of the explosion. The explosion was reported to be loud.
At the event before the crash
The occupants of the copter was gathered to comprise of the former National Security Advisor, Azazi, the Governor of Kaduna State, Yakowa – and two operators of the helicopter. All occupants have yet to be identified by the rescue team.
It is uncertain if there were survivors. The local emergency agents are currently engaged in a search and rescue operations.
The aides to the Kaduna State governor – in talking to 247urepports.com indicated that they have knowledge of the crash – and that they have been unable to reach the Governor on the telephone since the newsbreak of the crash. The Chief Press Secretary to the Kaduna State governor, Reuben Buhari has not picked his phone.
The latest crash brings the tally of Governors involved in bloody crashes to two – incidentally both governors are Christians in Muslim dominated states.