Governors to appoint consultant to probe helicopter crash

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), the umbrella body of the 36 governors in the federation, yesterday rose from an emergency meeting in Abuja, demanding that they be allowed to appoint a private consultant to help in the investigation into the naval helicopter crash on Saturday in the Nembe creeks, Bayelsa State. Six persons, including former Kaduna State Governor, Mr. Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Lt-General Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd), who were on board the helicopter, were killed in the incident. The decision by the governors coincided with the statement by the Nigerian Navy yesterday defending the airworthiness of its Augusta Helicopter. The governors, according to a communiqué read by the NGF Chairman, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, also called for a thorough investigation and openness into the incident. Immediately after the meeting, the governors left for Kaduna to condole with the late governor’s widow, Amina, the Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ramalan Yero, and the people of the state.


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