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Kaduna Governor, Ex-NSA, Owei Azazi burnt to death in helicopter crash in Bayelsa

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Azazi was said to be sitting close to the Former Governor of Bayelsa, Dr.D.S.P Alameiseigha, the Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr.Timi Alaibe, Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic and the Late Governor, Patrick Yakowa.

The Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, the Former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Owei Azazi and four others were this afternoon burnt to death in an helicopter crash in the northern part of the Okoroba community forest in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The other four persons have been identified as the Pilot of the Naval Helicopter and his co-pilot.

The other two persons were security aides to the late governor.

Eyewitness accounts say that the helicopter was sighted in the sky wobbling before the fatal crash. The time of the crash was estimated to be 3.30pm.

One of the early arrival at the scene of the accident, the former Chairman of the Okoroba Community Development Committee (CDC),Comrade Hitler Adunion said that the helicopter nose dived into the forest and burst into flame.

Adunion said: “We sighted the chopper wobbling and crashed landed. By the time we got to the scene, it was in flames.

“We tried to put out the flame but it was difficult. We saw the roasted bodies of those inside.”

A former Commissioner of Information,Strategy and Communication in the state,Chief Nathan Egba,expressed sadness over the incident and said the last he saw of the Former Security Adviser at the burial ceremony of the late Father to Presidential Adviser,Oronto Douglas.

The National Youth Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria,Comrade Miriki Ebikibina,described the fatal crash as a rude shock and a big blow to democracy in Nigeria.

Azazi was said to be sitting close to the Former Governor of Bayelsa, Dr.D.S.P Alameiseigha, the Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr.Timi Alaibe, Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic and the Late Governor, Patrick Yakowa.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson,was reported to have left the same burial ceremony with his hired helicopter and participated in the Chairmanship primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was on his way to Port Harcourt before he got the news of the crash.

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13 comments

  • DAM

    December 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    “Azazi was said to be sitting close to the Former Governor of Bayelsa, Dr.D.S.P Alameiseigha, the Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr.Timi Alaibe, Nollywood Actress, Rita Dominic and the Late Governor, Patrick Yakowa.”

    Mr. Journalist: What is the meaning of this statement? Where were they sitting close, in the helicopter or at the funeral . What is the relevance of this statement to the story if they were not on the same flight and if they were what is their fate. Nigerian journalist , I think you can do better with your reporting….this is not standard at all.

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  • Ben Lee

    December 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

    What did they said that led to the helicopter’s bursting into flames, what investigation have been carry out to tell us exectly what led to that. Not just unfathom story that have no concrete evidence. Our media stil have along way to go in news not just to sell news & news papers. This is while i like Oyibo when it comes to news like this. May the souls of all involved rest in the Lord.

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  • samson Eze

    December 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    God will save my country Nigeria.adieu Patrick and aziza and others.
    Too hard to belief but it has happened.All souls will go the same way one day in whatever form does not matter.The end is what matters not the means to the end.

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  • Ngozi Olehi

    December 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    The sudden demise of the Governor of Kaduna State inflicted so much injury into my heart as the news filtered into my ears in the evening of yesterday. I do not know when this nature of disaster will end in Nigeria. I can guess what will be the normal reaction of the those at the corridors of power…and that will be all. The spate of disasters in Nigeria is alarming. As I express my condolences to the family of the deceased, I call on people of Nigeria to pray for this great nation. It is only divine intervention that wipe away our tears.

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  • francobobo

    December 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    May the Soul of Patrick yakowa and the souls of all the faithiful departed through the Mercy of God rest in perfect peace

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  • Colonel

    December 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

    If this is a circumstance then it is too circumstancial. But i’m afraid we have to think. The handshake is beyond the elbow now. RIP Yakowa and Azazi

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  • Simeon Kaase

    December 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Soul Rest in Peace. Those who kill by the sword or bonb shall know no peace and shall die by the sword or bomb too.

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  • Rilly

    December 16, 2012 at 4:51 am

    The Late Governor,who I have opportunity to meet is a gentle man,He Died a painful Death, Yakowa Rest in peace, Gen Azizi lately I know is a man of truth,his out bust during Ecomomic sumit in Asaba was the painful truth he told Nigeria on Security may you all Rest in Peace.

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  • Cecilia

    December 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Hmmm!!!
    Eternal rest grant unto them oh Lord n let perpetual light shine upon them. May their Soul rest in peace. Amen!

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  • TONY

    December 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    My dear people of God.

    Anybody could have being involved in the air disaster that took place. All of us need to be prayerful to prevent such sorrowful incidences. It is a warning to those of us that are alive. We must realize that we are not better than those of them that were in the crashed aircraft. The disaster must have short lived numerous dreams. Similarly, bread winners, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters that were formerly the life-wire of numerous homes are gone forever. Therefore, the lives of many that are hoping on them is now at stake. We the living should therefore rely on the Almighty God alone and not on human beings. We should see ourselves as brothers and sisters, hence the incidences of bomb explosions and terrorism must stop in this our their nation. This period and what had happened should be a period of sober reflection in our nation. Words are too short for me to express my sorrowful state about the whole thing. All the same I pray to that the almighty God would grant their souls eternal rest in in Jesus name “Amen”

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  • Bayo Sola

    December 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    What of dr D S P Alameisegha fate?

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