The search and rescue operation following the helicopter crash this evening in Bayelsa is over says Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA). According to the NEMA spokesperson, Yushau Shuaibu, in a statement, six occupants of the chopper were found dead, and their remains had been deposited in a mortuary.
The agency did not name the victims of the crash but the Peoples Democratic Party and an aide of Gov Yakowa already confirmed that Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna and former National Security Adviser, Owoeye Azazi, were in the helicopter.
According to the NEMA statement, “The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that conclusion of the search and rescue operation over a Naval helicopter that crashed this afternoon in Nember area of Bayelsa State.
“The operation which involved collaborations of response agencies and volunteers led to the recovery of the bodies of the six passengers on-board the the helicopter.
“While the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary, further details on the victims will soon be announced after their families have been formally informed.
Reports suggest others on board the ill-fated chopper include Kaduna poltician, Dubas Tshoho, Commander Daba(pilot) and his co-pilot.
May their souls Rest in Peace!