The presidency has just released a statement mourning the victims of this afternoon’s helicopter crash in Bayelsa. It also gave the names of the other four victims of the crash.
Dauda Tsoho, an aide to Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal, an aide to former National Security Adviser, Owoye Azazi, and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.
Pilot of the crashed helicopter, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba
Yakowa and Azazi had earlier been confirmed dead in the 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.
“President Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the cause(s) of the crash.”
A source is quoted as having said that Mr. Azazi had invited Governor Yakowa to fly with him to the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt. The governor’s flight was reportedly late arriving in Yenogoa, the capital of Baylesa state.