Governor Yakowa Of Kaduna, Former NSA Azazi Dead In Helicopter Crash


UPDATE 6: PDP has released a statement confirming their death. Read it HERE.

UPDATE 5: Their remains have been taken to Yenegoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

UPDATE 4: An aide of the Governor of Kaduna, Patrick Yakowa, has confirmed the death of his boss in the Bayelsa Helicopter crash, Reuters has reported.

UPDATE 3: Singer Timi Dakolo escaped death as he was supposed to fly with them in the helicopter. Read details of how he escaped death HERE

UPDATE 2: Others on the ill-fated chopper are top politicians from Kaduna state, Dudas Tsoho, Azazi’s orderly, the pilot & his co-pilot.

UPDATE 1: Navy helicopter NN07 flown by Commander Dabba.

Gov. Patrick Yakowa

Gov. Patrick Yakowa

Earlier report…

Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi apparently died in a helicopter that crashed today in Bayelsa State, a reliable source has told SaharaReporters.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi, a retired military general who served as chief security adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, were among passengers in the ill-fated helicopter.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had earlier indicated that the agency had activated a search for a crashed helicopter.

General Andrew Azazi

General Andrew Azazi

Our sources had earlier disclosed that the crashed chopper was carrying “some major political figures.” As at the time of going to press, Saharareporters was unable to confirm the identity of any other passengers in the ill-fated chopper.

Governor Yakowa and Mr. Azazi were among many political figures who reportedly attended the burial of the father of senior presidential aide Oronto Douglas. The funeral event took place in the Nembe area of Bayelsa State earlier today. SaharaReporters learnt that the crashed helicopter was one of several helicopters that some well-connected people to the funeral.

The crash comes on the heels of a plane crash on October 25, 2012 that has left Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State brain-damaged. Mr. Suntai was moved to a hospital in Germany where he remains in poor shape, unable to recognize his visitors or to speak.

By SaharaReporters, New York


    Every soul shall test death, all of you (living things)shall return to us (i.e. the creator, God almighty) as said by Allah, SWT, in the glorious Qur’an. Nigerian Politicians should learn from the death of many political figures. They should know that death is inevitable. The judgement Day is certain and by the corner. What a pity! Good or bad, leader or follower, young or elderly, poor or rich, male or female, death respects no one. It will come without you being noticed; it sneaks it’s way into your body and take your soul without your knowledge. May we live as good and true believers, and may die as good and true believers. Amin.

  2. Diztinguish Reply

    May their souls rest in peace and may God grant Nigeria d fortitude 2 bear dis grant and painful loss. And wish Gov.Mukhtar God’s wisdom as he carried on the work yakowa left behind

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