Nigerian president orders probe into helicopter's crash

Nigerian president orders probe into helicopter
# 16 December 2012 04:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday night ordered an immediate investigation into the causes of the Navy helicopter which led to the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna and the immediate past National Security Adviser, Lt Gen Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd), APA reports.

A statement reaching Xinhua from his office which announced the president's directive, said the president was utter shock over the Saturday crash which occurred in Bayelsa State.

Others involved in the ill fated military helicopter crash includes their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.

The president according to the statement also 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.

The crash victims were heading to Port Harcourt after attending the burial ceremony of the father of an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Oronto Douglas, at Okoroba.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED