The presidency has ordered immediate investigation into the accident which involved the helicopter, Augusta AW139, conveying Vice-President Prof Yemi Osinbajo to Kogi State.
The helicopter crash-landed in 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, disclosed that an investigation would be immediately set in motion. “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.”
He disclosed that the Vice president is safe including everyone in the chopper.
The remote cause of the accident is not known yet but 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.