Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa

UPDATE

A military helicopter carrying former NSA General Owoye Azazi and other VIPs has crashed between Port Harcourt and Bayelsa State. It is not clear whether there are any survivors.

The chopper was flying them to Okoroba, Bayelsa, where Presidential Adviser, Mr. Oronto Douglas is burying his father.


According to NEMA's spoksperson, NEMA has activated search and rescue teams in collaboration with other response agencies.

This is a developing story

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Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Agensheku posted on 12-15-2012, 11:17:19 AM
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Anybody inside? I mean anybody that is somebody?
Channelstv just announced that GEJ's aide, Oronto Douglas held an owambe party for his late dad and the occupants of the chopper were returning from the party.

No casualty list has been released and nobody knows the fate of the occupants/pilot.

Considering that the ex-shoeless boy was all over the redemption camp (and in a chopper) at the weekend, the Breaking News announcement was a bit "alarmist"...even Sahara reporters said the chopper carried "a politician".

"Chopper crash...Bayelsa...politician on board", all tend to raise the political pulse of the nation o!
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Igboamaeze posted on 12-15-2012, 11:19:43 AM
QUOTE:
Anybody inside? I mean anybody that is somebody?


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Back to sender, Mikky...
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Justan234 posted on 12-15-2012, 11:37:09 AM
Sahara is reporting that Azazi and Yakowa were on board. Assuming this is the same chopper.

http://saharareporters.com/news-page/governor-kaduna-yakowa-former-nsa-azazi-feared-dead-crashed-naval-chopper
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Enyi posted on 12-15-2012, 11:43:29 AM
Governor Yakowa Of Kaduna, Former NSA Azazi Dead In Helicopter Crash


Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi apparently died in a helicopter that crashed today in Bayelsa State, a reliable source has told SaharaReporters.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi, a retired military general who served as chief security adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, were among passengers in the ill-fated helicopter.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had earlier indicated that the agency had activated a search for a crashed helicopter.

Our sources had earlier disclosed that the crashed chopper was carrying "some major political figures." As at the time of going to press, Saharareporters was unable to confirm the identity of any other passengers in the ill-fated chopper.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi were among many political figures who reportedly attended the burial of the father of senior presidential aide Oronto Douglas. The funeral event took place in the Nembe area of Bayelsa State earlier today. SaharaReporters learnt that the crashed helicopter was one of several helicopters that some well-connected people to the funeral.

The crash comes on the heels of a plane crash on October 25, 2012 that has left Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State brain-damaged. Mr. Suntai was moved to a hospital in Germany where he remains in poor shape, unable to recognize his visitors or to speak.
Source:www.saharareporters.com
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
IZONERE posted on 12-15-2012, 11:54:48 AM
Hmmmmmm......
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
MsMak posted on 12-15-2012, 11:57:19 AM
I just got a call from someone - it appears to be true.

In light of recent security and political events in Nigeria, I would regard this crash very suspiciously.
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Auspicious posted on 12-15-2012, 11:59:04 AM
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Hiahn!

So what do we say now?

May the souls of the departed rest in peace?

I prefer to wish that the bereaved find comfort at this time.
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Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Agensheku posted on 12-15-2012, 12:00:21 PM
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Governor Yakowa Of Kaduna, Former NSA Azazi Dead In Helicopter Crash


Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi apparently died in a helicopter that crashed today in Bayelsa State, a reliable source has told SaharaReporters.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi, a retired military general who served as chief security adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, were among passengers in the ill-fated helicopter.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had earlier indicated that the agency had activated a search for a crashed helicopter.

Our sources had earlier disclosed that the crashed chopper was carrying \"some major political figures.\" As at the time of going to press, Saharareporters was unable to confirm the identity of any other passengers in the ill-fated chopper.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi were among many political figures who reportedly attended the burial of the father of senior presidential aide Oronto Douglas. The funeral event took place in the Nembe area of Bayelsa State earlier today. SaharaReporters learnt that the crashed helicopter was one of several helicopters that some well-connected people to the funeral.

The crash comes on the heels of a plane crash on October 25, 2012 that has left Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State brain-damaged. Mr. Suntai was moved to a hospital in Germany where he remains in poor shape, unable to recognize his visitors or to speak.
Source:www.saharareporters.com


Enyi,

Nice one! Your story here beats the BREAKING NEWS in the realm of true journalism. When a chopper crashes in GEJ's home state, its skeletal news to blow it without telling us who and who the likely victims are.

Saharareporters, meanwhile may have crossed the borders of careful journalism by bluntly announcing "those deaths", even where no bodies have been picked and identified. Kaduna state is a sensitive state and their governor's death announcement should be carefully handled.

Until there is official confirmation, the "deaths" remain mere speculations. In this era of trackers and GPRS, why is it so difficult to locate the chopper promptly?
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Anioma777 posted on 12-15-2012, 12:00:47 PM
OMG this is such terrible news. This December month this year na wa o.


@agensheku

Unless my oga has a twisted sense of humour. He says it will be a miracle if Azazi and Yakowa survived as he too attended the burial. Na dem dey control Bayelsa. But with Nigerians anything is possible, this was the same way SR reported the the last crash that the gov was dead only to later transpire he survived but critically ill. In fairness to SR they did admit their initial mistake which sometimes does happen.
Re: Helicopter Crash in Bayelsa
Enyi posted on 12-15-2012, 12:04:03 PM
QUOTE:
I just got a call from someone - it appears to be true.

In light of recent security and political events in Nigeria, I would regard this crash very suspiciously.


It does not appear to be true. It is true. Suspicious? Well, let's wait for further developments. Nigeria is a land where nothing is impossible. Prudence demands that certain incidents be treated with suspicion until proven otherwise.
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