Nigeria First (Abuja)

15 December 2012

Nigeria: President Jonathan Mourns Victims of Helicopter Crash

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has expressed utter shock and sadness over the crash Saturday in Bayelsa State of a military helicopter resulting in the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Owoye Azazi (rtd), their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.

The President extends deep and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, and the governments and people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States. He describes the sudden loss of these distinguished Nigerians as extremely painful to the entire nation.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Saturday, December 15, said President Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the cause(s) of the crash.

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