Abuja, Nigeria: Nigeria Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says he is alive following a helicopter crash which occurred on Saturday in Kabba, Kogi State.
Professor Osinbajo confirmed his safety after the crash via his twitter handle.
“We are safe and sound! Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern and thank you to the crew who managed the situation well,” the Vice President said.
He added, “We believe that God will continue to keep us and Nigeria safe even as we go higher. We continue #NextLevelEngagements in Kabba, Kogi State.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, had taken to twitter break the news of the helicopter crash.
He said Professor Osinbajo and the entire crew came out of the crashed helicopter unhurt.
The incident occurred when the propeller of the Nigerian Air Force helicopter he was travelling in suddenly pulled out at the Kabba Township Stadium.
An eyewitness said the helicopter managed to land in the afternoon at the stadium before the propeller suddenly pulled off while supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had gathered to welcome the Vice President.
The remote cause of the accident was unclear as at the time of filing in this report.
Following the incident, Vice President Osinbajo was said to have been immediately evacuated from the scene into a waiting vehicle.
He, thereafter, proceeded to the palace of Obaro of Kabba in convoy of other political office holders in Kogi, where he paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler.
We are safe and sound! Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern and thank you to the crew who managed the situation well.
We believe that God will continue to keep us and Nigeria safe even as we go higher.
We continue #NextLevelEngagements in Kabba, Kogi State. pic.twitter.com/RjNFTm08kE — Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) February 2, 2019
VP Osinbajo’s Chopper crash lands in Kabba, but he and the entire crew safe. He is continuing with his engagements and plans for the day in Kogi State. — Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) February 2, 2019
Atiku, Saraki, Bruce, Fayose, Dogara React As Osinbajo Survives Helicopter Crash
Atiku Tweets: Dear Vice President ProfOsinbajo, I just received news of the crash of your helicopter in Kabba, Kogi State. I am happy to note however that all is well with you and your delegation. -AA
Ben Bruce Tweets: So glad VP Yemi ProfOsinbajo is safe. I wish him well and want him to stay alive, we can all work together as patriots to get this nation on the road to greatness. We may be in different parties and support different candidates, but he is first and foremost a human being
Saraki Tweets: I join all Nigerians in thanking Almighty God for sparing the life of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who survived a helicopter crash over Kabba, Kogi State today.
Fayose Tweets: I rejoice with VP Yemi Osinbajo and thank God for keeping him alive today. I wish him quick recovery from whatever minor injuries he could have sustained in the crash. For me, sanctity of life goes beyond politics and I pray that God will continue to safeguard his life.
Dogara tweets: I join His Excellency, Prof @ProfOsinbajo in thanking the Almighty God for saving him and his team from any fatality in the unfortunate incident in Kogi State. I urge relevant authorities to conduct due diligence checks on all govt owned aircraft to prevent a re-occurrence.