Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati and a spokesman of the Nigerian Navy have confirmed the crash of a helicopter in the Nembe-Okoroba area of Bayelsa State that claimed the lives of Kaduna state Governor Patrick Yakowa and former NSA, Andrew Owoye Azazi yesterday afternoon.
In his statement, Mr. Abati disclosed that two Nigerian navy pilots as well as aides of Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi also died in the crash.
Apart from Azazi and Yakowa, four other persons died in the crash, they include: Governor Yakowa’s special adviser, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal who was Azazi’s bodyguard as well as two naval pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Dabba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.
The victims had boarded the Nigerian Navy Agusta helicopter (Helo 07) , to attend the burial of the father of presidential aide, Oronto Douglas at Okoroba Village, Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State.
The helicopter crashed and caught fire on impact, Saturday 15 December 2012 at about 3:30 p.m around Nembe-Okoroba area in Bayelsa State as it was conveying the VIPs to Port Harcourt.
A source told SaharaReporters that Mr. Azazi, a retired general, had invited Governor Yakowa to fly with him on the helicopter to the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt as the governor’s flight was reportedly late in arriving in Yenogoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.