Nigeria’s Senate Frowns At Use Of Military Choppers Like ‘Taxis’

Senators across party divide have frowned at the use of military aircraft for shuttle services following the Nigerian Navy Augusta helicopter crash last Saturday in Bayelsa state that killed a serving governor, former NSA, along with their aides and  two Navy pilots.

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Senators Olubunmi Adetunmbi (ACN, Ekiti North), Ganiyu Solomon (ACN, Lagos), Babafemi Ojudu (ACN, Ekiti) and Uche Chukwumerije (PDP, Abia) queried the use of a naval chopper for the burial of the father of a presidential aide, Oronto Douglas.

Deputy Senate Leader Abdul Ningi said, “It is worrisome that in this country military choppers are used indiscriminately like taxis for social events. We must bring out a standard framework of how to use military helicopters.”

The senate resolved to mandate Navy, Air Force and Aviation committees to investigate the frequency of air mishaps in the country.

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