The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has discredited reports that the helicopter carrying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, which crashed yesterday in Kabba, Kogi State, belongs to NAF.
Spokesman of the NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the crashed helicopter does not belong to the NAF. He also said it does not belong to the the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) either.
He asked the general public to disregard news and misleading videos suggesting the crashed helicopter belong to its fleet.
Below is the full statement:
“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to various reports in the media purporting that the Augusta AW139 Helicopter, which was involved in a mishap in Kabba, Kogi State yesterday, 2 February 2019, while conveying the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, belonged to the NAF or was from the 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF). Some unscrupulous/undiscerning individuals have even gone so far as to circulate a video showing the crash landing of a military helicopter, from an unrelated incident, which neither occured in Nigeria nor involved NAF or 011 PAF aircraft, portraying it as the one that crashed in Kabba.
The NAF wishes to state categorically that the helicopter that crashed in Kabba does not belong to the NAF or 011 PAF. The owners/operators of the civilian helicopter, Messrs Caverton Helicopters, have already issued a statement on the matter. In addition, the military Dauphin Helicopter, painted in desert camouflage colour, seen in the video circulating on social media does not belong to the NAF and should not be misrepresented as belonging to the NAF. Accordingly, the general public is advised to disregard such erroneous information and the misleading video.
The NAF joins the Nation in thanking God for sparing the life of our Vice President as well as other passengers and crew members involved in the mishap. We pray for the safety of the Vice President and that all his take-offs will culminate in an equal number of safe landings.
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force”