16 December 2012

Nigeria: Navy Recovers Yakowa, Azazi's Bodies, Four Others

Abuja — The Nigerian Navy disclosed, Sunday, that its search and rescue efforts, after the Dec 15 helicopter crash in Okoloba community, has led to the recovery of six bodies of the victims of the crash, saying that the bodies have been deposited at the Federal Medical Center , Yenagoa, Bayelsa State .

It said with the recovery, the Navy has commenced investigation into the cause of the accident.

The statement by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu reads, "The Nigerian Navy wishes to confirm that search and rescue effort has led to the recovery of all the 4 passengers and the 2 pilots on board its helicopter NN 07 which crashed on 15 December 2012".

Scene of the crash, near Okoroba in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa state. Photo: Samuel Oyadongha.

"The bodies of the victims have been recovered from the scene of the incident and the crash site has been duly secured to allow for detailed investigation. It should be noted that the report of the investigation would be made available as soon as possible".

The names of the victims according to the statement are, Mr Patrick I. Yakowa, Governor of Kaduna State, General Andrew Owoye Azazi, former National Security Adviser, Mr Dauda Tsoho, Aide to Governor Yakowa, Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal-Aide to General Azazi, Commander Murtala Muhammed Daba. And Lieutenant Olukayode Sowola.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, Sunday visited the site of the crash.

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