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Nigeria’s Helicopter crash kills Kaduna governor  print

Published on December 15, 2012 by   ·   42 Comments

Governor Yakowa: tragic death

Seriake Dickson, Yakowa at the burial ceremony in Okoroba, Bayelsa today

Oronto Douglas, Dickson and Yakowa

A Nigerian military helicopter carrying very important people in Nigeria has crashed in Bayelsa state.

Reports said a former national security adviser and a state governor in northern Nigeria were on board the ill-fated chopper.

Bayelsa police spokesman Fidelis Odunna confirmed a helicopter had crashed in Ogbia Creek.

The helicopter crashed some minutes after 3:30pm today after a burial event in Okoroba for the father of presidential adviser, Oronto Douglas, now said to be distraught, after the news of the crash.

The helicopter was conveying to Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital, the Kaduna State Governor, Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, General Owoye Azazi from the funeral and reportedly crashed into the creeks, bursting into flames and killing all on board.

A statement by the Nigerian navy confirmed the accident and the chopper that crashed giving its name as the Augusta helicopter (Helo 07).

There have been conflicting reports about the casualties. But one source said the two of the governor’s security aides, the Pilot of the Naval Helicopter, his co-pilot, also died.

The other victims are:Dauda Tsoho and Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal and the pilots, Commander Muritala Mohammed Daba and Lt. Adeyemi O. Sowole.

Witnesses said they saw helicopter wobbling in the sky before the fatal crash.

The former Chairman of the Okoroba Community Development Committee (CDC), Comrade Hitler Adunion, who witnessed the incident, told a Nigerian newspaper that the helicopter nosedived into the forest and burst into flame.

Adunion said: “we sighted the chopper wobbling and crashed landed .By the time we got to the scene, it was in flames. We tried to put out the flame but it was difficult. We saw the roasted bodies of those inside.”

Local residents said several high-profile politicians had traveled to Bayelsa, President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state, this weekend for the

Governor Yakowa

funeral. Jonathan was not in Bayelsa at the time of the crash, the presidency said.

Seriake Dickson, Yakowa at the burial ceremony in Okoroba, Bayelsa today

Like many African countries, Nigeria has a poor air safety record.

Nigeria’s deputy police chief and three other officers were killed when a helicopter crashed in the central city of Jos in March.

In June, a passenger plane crashed into a densely populated part of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, killing 163 people.

Oronto Douglas, Dickson and Yakowa

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, 64 was appointed Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria in July 2005, after the death of the incumbent that same month.

He also became Deputy Governor for Namadi Sambo elected in the April 2007 elections.

He was sworn in as Governor on 20 May 2010, replacing Sambo who had been sworn in as Vice President the day before.

In 2011, Yakowa won his own election as governor of Kaduna state.

Yakowa was born on 1 December 1948 in Fadan Kagoma, Jema’a Local Government, Kaduna State and attended St. Mary’s Secondary School, Fadan Kaje and St. John College, Kaduna, and then was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to read Social Science.

Yakowa joined the Civil Service of North Central State, serving as Divisional Officer, Secretary in the Military Governor’s Office, and Local Government Sole Administrator.

He rose to Permanent Secretary in the Kaduna State civil service, heading the Ministries of Health, Works and Transport.

In 1990, he transferred to the Federal Civil Service until the administration of General Sani Abacha appointed him Commissioner in Kaduna State from 1994 to 1997.

Returning to the Federal Civil Service after this posting, he was Director Joint Services at the Ministry of Defense from February 1997 to August 1998, and then a Director at the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development until 14 June 1999, when he was appointed Permanent Secretary and retired.

His death will be a major political blow for the majority, Christian southern Kaduna people, long held in servitude by their muslim counterparts in the state.

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42 Comments for “Nigeria’s Helicopter crash kills Kaduna governor”

  1. Judgement is for sure

    Who says our air is not safer than our port hole roads? At least the roads are now so bad that they all want to fly! I am sure private jets will soon be coming down as well. Next victims pls

    • Yoraps

      No one is happy about any body’s death but at the same time no one will feel the pains when a blockage to progress is removed. PDP is 70% of nigerian problem so if one is gone, nigerians can only wish him farewell.

  2. BABAETO

    @Judgement is forsure, May god shows you the right way.

  3. jeremiah

    It’s a pity dat there’re giving bad name to this our dear country. well, may thier soul rest in pieces as thier body has gone beyond recognition. Others r yet to follow them & thier spirit shall never rest untill all this evil political office holders are all consume. after dat ll be greedy pastors on jet. may God destroy dem in Jesus name. Amen.

  4. Truesage Id

    I could not sleep properly yesterday night. So this is all what the vision of a crash is all about.
    The bodies saddled with that responsibility must investigate this crash as I have a premonition this evil was orchestrated by IBB i.e. boko aram.

  5. Olumide(ALAGBA)

    It’s a pity,anyway may there souls rest in perfect peace as they said and who’s next?

  6. Danny

    This is the product of poor states of our roads and insecurity. If only we had good roads, they would have driven to Bayelsa and take a good boat to and fro the funeral ceremony. Government should begin to redirect their thinking to things of importance. Anyway, may there souls Rest in Peace.

  7. Godswill

    John Haruna crashed in Jos, Azazi forced out of office but crashed in Bayelsa. Yakowa ”first in Kaduna”, came down all the way to crash in Bayelsa. Is anybody thinking??? We need divine guidance and protection in this nation. The dragon is at work.

  8. I have notting to say because i beliv dat God has already sigh of his death. Al we need 4 him is a prayer.oh! Allah guide him, protect him and 4give him all his sins and put him into a paradise. Amen

  9. Gabriel

    Lets not kill them again friends, Thou u didnt Yakowa as the gov’or or bcos of his political affilliation. We should respect him as a man with wife N children. Now the family bread winner gone n the wife is a widow. Lets Tink twice when we comment.

    • The collective Voices of the Looted Masses!

      Do these looters ever think twice when they are looting the Treasury and the people’s commonwealth dry? Now, other than their private jets, they are also using the Air-force’s helicopters! Who pays the bills for all these Jamborees? The same beleaguered masses me thinks! These people will continue to die an burn one by one, because God is hearing the curses of the impoverished people of Nigeria.

  10. i simpertice with the victims, may there souls rest in perfect peace, judgment is forsure, PLS PDP do something.

  11. Hosbega

    Its a pity dt dy died dt way..may dia soul rest in peace N a warning 2 officials flyn choppaz n jets

  12. Leo ita

    I condole wit de people of kaduna,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Patrick yakowa may your soul rest in peace…

  13. glad

    may there souls rest in peace!

  14. barry

    I think our government and all the public office holders in Naija should think and stop killing themselves and the masses.

  15. Ayo

    This is Corruption at work, it will consume all of them that take part in it. All of them that destroy this country (Nigeria) will not die where their treasure is.They will all reap all they have sown positively or negatively

  16. Yinka flash

    Himmmmmmmm R.I.P

  17. olasoji,D.Joshua

    This is a great loss to the body of Christ and entire nation.Adieu, peace loving governor.May God grants the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

  18. @ODIBA.COM

    FG should now know that is de same way thousands of poor travelers die on a daily basis on dis poor road. may the mercy of God grant the victims grace to withstand the judgement.

  19. Anure Benard.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  20. The pilots and pilot engineers of all these ill fated air craft were all Nigerians, i think this is an evidence that our school system in Nigeria is not producing professional of good technical reasoning. Our youth and future of this nation has a missing link-Quality Education- that if not filled, we are heading to doom

  21. Judgement is for sure

    I just remembered something, hmmmmmm was it not this same Azazi that Jonathan removed not long ago? Chei, my fellow people, this death no be ordinary! The military should personally conduct an independent investigation on what killed one of their own cos This is surely PDP work, yes a whole general fell in the hands of mere chickens!!!!

  22. franklekan

    God rest their innocent souls. Pity really. But I smell a rat. Either the creek boys attacked innocently or PDP Kaduna. May the lord forgive us all.

  23. I LEFT 9JA OUT OF FRUSTRATION…PDP HAS BIN THE WHOLE CAUSE OF THE STATE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT… ALL THEIR AIMS IS TO LOOT MONEY THEY WILL SURELY DIE LIKE CHICKENS..HAVING ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD Y DIE IN IT……WHOSE THE NXT VICTIM AND WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE….PDP(POLITICIANS DESTROYING PARTY)…NEMESIS KILL DEM ALL

  24. Gado Victor

    its really a sad 1, but no 1 can tell where he’s going. Its only left for us 2 sit up,struggle & strive hard getting prepared for our own time…….ouch……

  25. Evangelist ifeduba kenneth ifeanyi

    GOD showed me the vision of the crash last nite.in that vision,i saw a helicopter crashed into water area.i was wondering what might be the cause of the crash.then God showed it to me.some one tampered with the engine of the helicopter.something was removed from the engine.that’s what caused the crash

  26. Samson

    Nobody know wat 2morrow ll bring forth cus everything happen with a purpose.people should stop tinkin negative concernin dis because no one no d reason why yakowa life has gone.may his soul rest in peace if he deed d right things

  27. Josiah santous

    Notin S Beyound God undastndin. Al event tak plac wit hs awareness.GOD said either gud or bad we suld giv tanks 2 Him.GOD wil grant hs family d spirit of endurance 2 endur d pain .

  28. Jbrown

    Life must go on with the living. To the dead RIP.
    PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES AT ALL TIMES, SAYS THE LORD.
    As Nigerians, Pray for Good when bad things Happen, for no man is perfect.
    So unfortunate that we are being RULED by evil People. Well, we will not pray evil prayers for them because they are Evil. We pray that God should change their Evil Heart to that of Good. In Jesus Name. (Amen)

  29. Fredson

    Death is inevitable and no one knows when or where he will meet his or hers.Thats why God is greater than all of us.Who knows how many people he has eliminated to be on top of Kaduna State?From Burial to a preparation of his own funeral as well.That will be a lesson to all our NIJA leaders.God pass all of them.

  30. jalo

    Death is death anyhow we look at it,that same death pain they felt wud be felt by all one day.may ours come when we are on good terms with the Almighty God, amin.Adieu Yakowa !

  31. The death of sir Yakowa Ibrahim Patrick is a great lost to the people of Kaduna state and de Nation @ large.A man of peace and respect for.May his gentle soul rest in de bosom of de lord in peace.What a great lost!We 'll all miss u.Goodbye.

    The death of Kaduna state governor sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa is a great lost for de people of kaduna n de Nation @ large.A man of peace n respect for all.A great democrate of excellent.May u gentle soul rest in de bosom of de lord in peace.Wht a great lost!We all miss u.I smpt wit de family n wit Kaduna state goverment.By Hon Joseph Ogbole.Kaduna state base political.Ur image ‘ll forever remain in de corcodia city.

  32. R.S. D

    I guess the crash was not ordinary. Joseph Haruna, the police officer was a christian, Yakowa, a christian, Azazi, a christian, and he azazi has very classified information on the activities of boko haram. I guess either something was planted in the helicopter or one of the aids was a boko haram member, assigned to them, which carried out the act. Well, God is on the hrone.

    • Hassan

      My Brother nothing was plane. Why would anybody wanna kill them they have not done nothing they are great men

  33. ABDOUL

    HONESTLY I DONT WANT TO COMMENT ON THESE LATEST PLAIN CRASH

    BUT FOR THE VICTIMS MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PERFECT PIECE,

    SINCERELY I WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MOST HAPPIEST PERSON IN THE

    WORLD TODAY IF IT HAD BEEN GOODLUCK, HIS WIFE OR THEIR FAMILY

    MEMBERS OR ANY OTHER PDP MEMBERS THAT ARE INSIDE THE

    CRASHED PLANE, THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE PLANE CRASH IN 2012

    AND BY GOD GRACE IT WILL NOT BE THE END, UNTIL ALL THOSE THAT

    CONTRIBUTED TO THE LOOTING OF NIGERIA TREASURY AND TURN OUR

    ALL OUR ROADS TO DEATH TRAPS AND HOSPITALS TO MERE \

    CONSULTING ROOMS, MY FELLOW NIGERIANS LET US LEAVE SENTIMENT

    ASIDE AND JOIN HANDS TOGETHER TO PRAY AND FAST FOR MORE

    PAINFUL CALAMITIES TO CONTINUE TO BEFALL ALL PDP MEMBERS AND

    THEIR FAMILIES MEMBERS STARTING FROM OBASANJO,

    IBB, ATIKU ,JONATHAN AND ALL PDP CARD CARRYING WHO HAS

    CONTRIBUTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO THE DECAY IN ALL FACET

    OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE, AMEN

  34. James Ezekiel

    It’s a tragedy that’s so tragic R.I.P but we should all pray to meet our maker without a doubt cos we don’t know when death’s wants to send you to your maker. May Almighty ALLAH continue to guide and protect us for the day is coming when we shall also depart the earth beware it’s the coming of the apocalypse

  35. ngbede odihii

    infact it is pitty,there is time for every thing we cant qestion god in every situation we thank him,i hereby condole the family of the late governor and kaduna people in general the heart.

  36. Hmm hmm my ppl all i wnt 2 u 2 knw dis Allah says ( kullin nafsin za’ikatil mauti ) everybody mst test death. So wat is dere nw is pray only.

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