Nigeria: Police Aircraft Crashes, DIG And 3 Others Killed

A police surveillance helicopter crashed in Jos on Wednesday killing four persons on board, including a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, John Haruna.

The Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, confirmed the incident and said: “The four people on board, “including a DIG, were all killed”. He said the DIG’s orderly, the pilot and an engineer were also killed.

An eyewitness said that the helicopter crashed into a house, where a baby was confirmed injured, while an unspecified number of casualties were rushed to Air Force Military Hospital, Jos.

NAN learnt that the helicopter was deployed for surveillance over hot spots in Jos following renewed hostilities in the area.

Meanwhile, following this development, the Plateau State government had cancelled its weekly Executive Council meeting after receiving news of the accident. (NAN)

  1. Jimmy Peters Reply

    Nigeria Police has lost one of its finest officers. This is quite untimely as John Haruna is one of the trusted officers to play a giant role in the ongoing police reform. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  2. Folorunso Olakunle. Reply

    R.I.P DIG Haruna. May Almighty Allah Grant You Heaven.

    • Rakesh Reply

      The recipe is so so true.It is lalrey a shame that Obj wld think that Nigeria as a developing country has an excuse on International standards pertaining to democracy. Firstly, Nigeria forgets its place on the International platforms and standards. We are quick to boast on how populous and great Nigeria is compared with its other African counterparts but we fail to take responsibility when it comes to showing this level of greatness when we are called out. And we were called out during these elections.Granted, we can’t define democracy under one universal umbrella, its definition varies as we move from country to country…but this is no excuse for Nigeria’s President on international media to give as reasons why the elections were badly carried out. It’s a blatant show of the state of Nigerian politics. Would he say that the election ballot boxes shown being stolen openly on BBC is a show of free and fair election? What would he say to that? (I still cover my head in shame when I think about that)Secondly, why should Nigeria be held to a different standard? Nigeria as a country wants to be recognized as the great power of Africa…but for them to be they simply have to understand that they would be held accountable on International platforms…even if they don’t want to. Regardless of whatever they think democracy should look or sound like.So they can whine and cry that they define democracy in a different way but the world is watching, taking notes and probably laughing at their blatant hypocrisies!

  3. Emeka Reply

    God now what happen there. But i pray that any 1 that his or her hand is in this incedt wil no go unpunsh

  4. Nonhlanhla Reply

    , I must agree with you that Nigeria lacks a well developed, covteclile sense of civil disobedience. It is not that we do not know what it means to protest, I just do not believe that we have developed a sophisticated sense of how to effectively use civil disobedience to our (i.e., the masses) advantage.Your comment about the need for force as a means of change is well taken. In “Grief”, I discussed a need for Nigerians, specifically poor Nigerians, to “rise up and demand the respect they deserve – … require that the politicians actually serve Nigerians”. I must however qualify that statement and my opinion by noting that I believe in civil, non-violent disobedience. Nigeria is particularly volatile, anything could spark incredible damage, discord and death. I do not believe that Nigeria needs bloodshed and hope that as a people we can find a way to show FORCE without our nation falling apart. Now, many will beg to differ as to the need for non-violent force. That is fine but I must remind all of us that the people who tend to be the victims of violence tend to be women and children – the defenseless ones. I’m not sure I want to be the benefit of violent change that happened as the result of innocent blood.

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