More details have emerged on how the military helicopter conveying the former national security Adviser Andrew Azazi and Governor Yakowa of Kaduna State, crashed leading to the death of the governor and the former security chief.
According to informed sources. the helicopter had been shuttling between Nembe village and Port Harcourt conveying passengers to Port Harcourt International Airport.
The round of the Governor and the former security chief crashed went wrong fifteen minutes after take off.
Source disclosed that fifteen minutes after take off, the chopper developed a technical fault , making the pilots to call for help.
Few minutes after the call, the chopper crashed into a creek, exploding into big fire balls , killing Azazi, Governor Yakowa, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.
The burial of Obereba Douglas had been scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Okoroba, in Nembe area of Bayelsa State, with the real burial taking place on Saturday. The dignitaries had just attended the burial of the dead and were returning back to their bases.
The helicopter belonged to the Nigerian navy and had served the force for many years.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has expressed utter shock and sadness over the crash.
The President in a statement issued by Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati 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, Abati said.