Sunday, 16 December 2012


The Nigerian Navy Augusta 109 helicopter that crashed on Saturday.
The governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa died in yesterday's Naval helicopter that crashed in Bayelsa State. Other passengers on board the chopper who have been confirmed dead are the former National Security Adviser; Andrew Azazi, whose last public appearance before today was at the Christopher Kolade annual lecture in Lagos on Thursday, Yakowa’s Special Adviser, Dauda Tsoho; Azazi’s bodyguard, Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and two Naval pilots, Commander Murtala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi Sowole.

This crash is coming barely two months after the plane crash on October 25, 2012 involving the governor of Taraba state, Danbaba Suntai who is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in Germany. This is so so sad.

Read the statement by the Nigerian Navy confirming the incident that occurred at about 3.30 pm after the cut...

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed utter shock and devastating grief at the news of the death of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and other prominent Nigerians, including the former National Security Adviser, General Owoye Azazi in a helicopter crash today.
Our great Party is shocked beyond imagination and no words can adequately give expression to the depth of our grief. What a colossal loss!
"The nation has lost a great patriot who in about two years in saddle as the Governor of Kaduna State demonstrated an unyielding capacity in wielding together varying fragile interests. He rendered quality stewardship to his people. Even in the face of daunting security challenges, nothing came close to compromising his iron cast resolve and faith that the phase must certainly pass. It is unfortunate that the nation has lost him at this critical curve in our national history.”

"On behalf of the National Executive Committee and other members of the PDP, the National Chairman of our great Party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur wishes to condole with the government and the people of Kaduna State as well as the family of late Governor Yakowa on this very painful loss. Your tear is our broken heart!”

“We wish to also send our heart felt condolence to the family of General Azazi as well as to the families of other Nigerians involved in the unfortunate crash. We beseech God to give them the strength to withstand this harshest sting of the painful loss of dear ones.”

Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary.

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