UPDATE: 12 people, including Nigerian Vice President and minister of labor survived helicopter crash Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


The office of the Nigerian Vice President has released a more detailed account of the helicopter crash involving Mr Yemi Osinbajo.

“Alongside VP Osinbajo, the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, senior presidential aides, security officials and the crew; there were a total of 12 people on board. Everyone came out safely after the incident,” the Vice President’s spokesman Laolu Akande said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, departed Abuja around 1pm today on a Chopper ride to Kogi State in continuation of the Family Chats & Next Level engagements.
 
Prof. Osinbajo headed first to Kabba, and while landing at the Kabba Stadium, the Helicopter suddenly skidded sideways until it halted on its side few metres away from the intended resting spot.
 
Alongside VP Osinbajo, the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, senior presidential aides, security officials and the crew; there were a total of 12 people on board. Everyone came out safely after the incident.

We are grateful to God for His protection and safety, and we thank the crew and security personnel for their prompt response and service. We are also grateful for the tremendous expressions of concern and affection, as well as prayers from all.
 
As is procedural, a full investigation into the causes of the incident would be conducted by aviation authorities.
 
The Vice President is continuing the planned engagements in Kogi State according to plan.
 

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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