CORRECTION: We earlier reported that the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, was with Vice President Osinbajo when the helicopter accident happened in Kabba, Kogi State. Please note that our earlier report was an error, it was actually the Minister of State for Labour, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, and not Dr. Ngige.
owners of the helicopter that crashed on Saturday in Kogi State with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and others, including Prof. Stephen Ocheni, the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, on board, says that hazy weather conditions was responsible for the crash.
The incident happened in the Kabba area of Kogi State around 3pm when the VP was being conveyed in the chopper (Augusta AW139) to a campaign venue.
Report has it that the helicopter lost control as it was about to touch down.
Fortunately, there were no loss of lives and no one sustained any injuries in the accident. Osinbajo, the crew members and everyone onboard were safely evacuated.
The Vice President even went ahead to continue his campaign shortly after the incident.
The executive of the Lagos-based air charter service, Josiah Choms, blamed unusual weather conditions for the crash.
“The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required,” Choms added.
Mr. Laolu Akande, VP Osinbajo’s spokesman, who confirmed the incident, said; “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.
“As is procedural, a full investigation into the causes of the incident would be conducted by aviation authorities,” he added.
Watch how Osinbajo’s helicopter crash landed
Osinbajo speaks after crash
The vice president who spoke after the accident expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their concern.
“We are safe and sound. Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern, and thank you to the crew who managed and the situation well. We believe that God will continue to keep us and Nigeria safe even as we go higher. We continue Next level engagements in Kabba, Kogi State,” Osinbajo said.
“We are extremely grateful to the Lord for preserving our lives from the incident that just happened. Everyone is safe and no one is maimed. God has kept us safe and alive, delivered us from death so we can do more for our people and country,” he added while speaking at the Obaro of Kabba palace.
Atiku speaks on Osinbajo helicopter crash
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the helicopter crash expressed joy that the vice president is safe and no one in the crash sustained injury.
“Dear Vice President @ProfOsinbajo, I just received news of the crash of your helicopter in Kabba, Kogi State. I am happy to note however that all is well with you and your delegation,” Atiku said on twitter.
How PDP reacted
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, in its reaction to the incident expressed shock over the crash of the chopper.
PDP in a statement signed by Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, expressed gratitude to God for the safety of Mr. Osinbajo and other people onboard.
The opposition party further called for thorough investigation into the accident it described as a traumatic incident.
“The PDP urges all Nigerians irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political affiliation, to continue to pray for God’s continued intervention in our national life,” the PDP said in its statement.
Saraki thanks God for sparing Osinbajo’s life
The Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, expressed gratitude to God for Osinbajo’s life.