Presidency investigates Osinbajo’s chopper crash as Atiku felicitates with the VP

Abiola David

The presidency says it will commence immediate investigation into Saturday’s ill-fated chopper crash conveying the vice president Yemi Osibajo to Kabba, Kogi State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande told Punch newspaper that the presidency will follow all necessary rules in the course of the investigations.

He said, “We will follow all the necessary due diligence; that will be certainly done. That is the protocol and it is the order of things to happen.

“We are grateful to God for His protection and safety, and we thank the crew and security personnel for their prompt response and service.

“We are also grateful for the tremendous expressions of concern and affection, as well as prayers from all,” Akande added.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar said, he was happy the Vice President and all those in the ill-fated Helicopter came out without sustaining injury.

Atiku on his twitter page said, he was happy to note that all was well with the Vice-president and his crew.

The tweet reads, “Dear vice president, I just received the news of the crash of Helicopter in Kabba, koji State, and I am ever happy to note that all is well with you and your delegation.

 ‘‘I am happy to note how no injuries to the passengers or crew members. The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required,” Atiku added.

Also, Caverton Helicopters, the owner of the ill-fated Chopper conveying the vice president to kabba, Kogi sate, has blamed the crash on ‘unusual weather condition’.

The Managing Director/Accountable Manager, Capt. Josiah Choms, in a statement on Saturday said, “relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced.

“We will, of course, support the authorities as required. We wish to reassure the public and our various stakeholders of our unwavering commitment to safety in all of our operations,” he added.