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#1 » by AK Horsfall VIP (β35385) » February 3rd, 2019, 3:33 pm

The nation was saved from tragedy on Saturday as the helicopter, Augusta AW 139 , conveying Vice- President Prof Yemi Osinbajo crash - landed in Kogi State .

The incident occurred in Kabba, where the VP had visited in continuation of his engagement of Nigerians on the ‘ Next Level ’ re -election plan of President Muhammadu Buhari .

The Presidency said the accident would be investigated in line with the protocol of such incidents .

Osinbajo’ s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr Laolu Akande, who spoke exclusively with
SUNDAY PUNCH , disclosed that an investigation would be immediately set in motion .

Responding to a specific question on whether the incident would be investigated , he said , “ We will follow all the necessary due diligence ; that will be certainly done . That is the protocol and it is the order of things to happen. ”

Asked further to speak on the condition of Osinbajo and other occupants of the ill- fated chopper , Akande said , “He is completely safe . He is actually at a road stop here in Kabba and he is addressing a mammoth crowd . He is safe and everybody is fine . Everybody got out of the chopper safely after that incident .

“ The VP has since gone on to address people on the way . This is his second stop in Kabba right now . ”

An eyewitness told one of our correspondents that the helicopter managed to land at about 2 . 22 pm at stadium in the town before its propeller suddenly pulled off.

Although the remote cause of the accident was not known as of the time of filing this report , it was learnt that the pilot of the helicopter might have found it difficult to land due to the dusty terrain of the stadium .

Immediately the incident happened , the Vice- President was said to have been immediately evacuated from the scene of the incident into a waiting vehicle and was thereafter driven in convoy with other political office holders to the palace of Obaro of Kabba on a courtesy call .
Akande also issued a formal statement confirming the accident and the safety of Osinbajo.

The statement reads in part, “Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN , arrived in Kabba , Kogi State today . His chopper had crash - landed after a landing incident , but everyone is safe .

“ Prof Osinbajo is now in Kabba after the incident and continuing his engagements in the state, engaging the people on the ‘ Next Level ’ plan of the Buhari administration . ”

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