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6 die in Nigerian copter crash

Dec. 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM   |   Comments

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A military helicopter crashed in Nigeria, claiming the lives of a state governor, a former national security adviser and four others, officials say.

The National Emergency Management Agency said the bodies of the victims were recovered from the crash site in Bayelsa state Saturday and taken to a morgue, PM News, Lagos, reported.

The ruling People's Democratic Party issued statement, saying Kaduna state Gov. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and ex-national security adviser Owoye Azazi were among the victims, the newspaper said.

The other four were two security aides of the governor and the pilot and co-pilot of the naval aircraft, identified as Dauda Tsoho, Warrant Officer Mohammed Kamal, Commander Muritala Mohammed and Lt. Adeyemi Sowole.

The victims were returning to Port Harcourt after attending a funeral in Bayelsa state crashed and burst into flames, killing all six on board.

President Goodluck Jonathan said an investigation would be conducted into the cause of the crash.

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