Reports just reaching Nedu Echianu's blog say 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.
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.
Sahara Reporters claims its sources had earlier disclosed that the crashed chopper was carrying “some major political figures.” As at the time of going to press, but 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 says it learnt that the crashed helicopter was one of several helicopters that some well-connected people took to the funeral.