Nigeria’s vice president in helicopter crash: Aide releases statement

A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State

A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State

Choms said "An Augusta AW139 Helicopter, under management by Caverton Helicopters was involved in a mishap on landing in Kabba, Kogi State on February 2 as a result of unusual weather conditions".

Osinbajo was on the campaign trail for his All Progressives Congress (APC) party ahead of this month's general elections, and delivered a speech as planned shortly after the crash.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on zMedia and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, confirmed the incident.

He tweeted: "We are safe and sound!"

Speaking at the Obaro of Kabba's Palace, his first stop in his visit to the State, Osinbajo expressed gratitude to God for the deliverance from the Chopper crash.

Rival presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar told Mr Osinbajo he was "happy to note" that everyone was safe.

Many Nigerians including Fani-Kayode, however, believe that Adeyanju is simply being persecuted for his frequent criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, especially Osinbajo.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has dismissed media reports that the crashed Augusta AW139 Helicopter conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, belonged to the NAF or was from the 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF). According to an eyewitness, the vice president's helicopter crash landed when it was about to land in the township stadium. "I rejoice with VP Yemi Osinbajo and thank God for keeping him alive today".

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