15 December 2012

Nigeria: Gov Yakowa, Azazi, 4 Others Killed in Helicopter Crash

The Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, Former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Owei Azazi and four others have died in an helicopter crash in the northern part of the Okoroba community forest in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa State.

The four others have been identified as the Pilot of the Naval Helicopter, his co-pilot, and two security aides to the late governor.

Eyewitnesses told LEADERSHIP that the helicopter was sighted in the sky wobbling before the fatal crash. The time of the crash was estimated to be 3.30pm.They were reportedly flying back to Port Harcourt airport after attending the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of President Goodluck Jonathan's Special Advisers.

The former Chairman of the Okoroba Community Development Committee (CDC), Comrade Hitler Adunion, who witnessed the incident, told LEADERSHIP that the helicopter nosedived into the forest and burst into flame.

Adunion said: "we sighted the chopper wobbling and crashed 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."

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