Nigerian Air Force releases statement after Osinbajo helicopter crash

Nigerian Air Force releases statement after Osinbajo helicopter crash

- The Nigerian Air Force said its helicopter was in the one involved in the vice president mishap

- NAF warned those circulating fake news about it should desists

The Nigerian Air Force has cleared its name after reported circulation of a military helicopter claimed to be the one vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo was involved in during the crash in Kabba, Kogi state.

The vice was involved in a helicopter crash-land on Saturday, February 2 although no lives were lost.

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The Nigerian Air Force however in a statement signed by Ibikunle Daramola on Sunday, February 3 clarified that the helicopter was not managed by NAF.

It wrote: “The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to various reports in the media purporting that the Augusta AW139 Helicopter, which was involved in a mishap in Kabba, Kogi State yesterday, 2 February 2019, while conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, belonged to the NAF or was from the 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF). Some unscrupulous/undiscerning individuals have even gone so far as to circulate a video showing the crash landing of a military helicopter, from an unrelated incident, which neither occured in Nigeria nor involved NAF or 011 PAF aircraft, portraying it as the one that crashed in Kabba.

“The NAF wishes to state categorically that the helicopter that crashed in Kabba does not belong to the NAF or 011 PAF. The owners/operators of the civilian helicopter, Messrs Caverton Helicopters, have already issued a statement on the matter. In addition, the military Dauphin Helicopter, painted in desert camouflage colour, seen in the video circulating on social media does not belong to the NAF and should not be misrepresented as belonging to the NAF. Accordingly, the general public is advised to disregard such erroneous information and the misleading video.

The Nigerian Air Force prayed for peace for the vice president as he continues to journey around the country.

Meanwhile, Babafemi Ojudu who is a political adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how the helicopter crash involving vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo occurred.

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In a Facebook post on Sunday, February 3, Ojudu who was part of the delegation with the vice president recalled on they crash-landed in Kabba on Saturday, February 2.

The presidential aide said it was a miracle they survived noting that the safety belt helped them.

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