Information reaching 247ureports.com indicates that a helicopter crash has occurred in the creeks of Bayelsa State. The helicopter is believed to have crash about minutes after 4:30pm today, Saturday December 15, 2012 following a burial event at the Douglas Oronto home in Okoroba, Bayelsa State.
[The bodies of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi (retd.), have been recovered, two hours after they died in a plane crash in the Nembe area of President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, Bayelsa, South-South Nigeria]
News reports confirms that the helicopter was conveying the Kaduna State Governor, Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, General Owoeye Azazi from the funeral of the father of the Special Adviser to the President, Douglas Oronto to their hotel room in the Bayelsa metropolis – when it crashed into the creeks. The helicopter busted into flames as it crashed.
Information from the local residents indicated that shortly after the helicopter took off – it appeared to develop what seems like a mechanical problem. The pilot decided to plunge the helicopter into the creek – where it exploded upon impact. The explosion was reported to have caused the nearby community to rush out to the area of the explosion. The explosion was reported to be loud.
The occupants of the copter was gathered to comprise of the former National Security Advisor, Azazi, the Governor of Kaduna State, Yakowa – and two operators of the helicopter. All occupants have yet to be identified by the rescue team.
It is uncertain if there were survivors. The local emergency agents are currently engaged in a search and rescue operations.
The aides to the Kaduna State governor – in talking to 247urepports.com indicated that they have knowledge of the crash – and that they have been unable to reach the Governor on the telephone since the newsbreak of the crash. The Chief Press Secretary to the Kaduna State governor, Reuben Buhari has not picked his phone.
The latest crash brings the tally of Governors involved in bloody crashes to two – incidentally both governors are Christians in Muslim dominated states.