Following the deaths of Patrick Yakowa, Owoeye Azazi and their aides along with the pilots of the ill-fated Nigerian Navy Augusta 109 helicopter, which crashed in the Nembe-Okoroba area of Bayelsa State, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, expressed shock and sadness over the crash and has ordered an inquiry into the cause of the crash.
A statement by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President, Reuben Abati, read:
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has expressed utter shock and sadness over the crash Saturday in Bayelsa State of a military helicopter resulting in the death of Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Owoye Azazi (rtd), their aides, Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.
“The President 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”.