Nigeria governor killed in air crash

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Dec 15th, 2012
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EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT  Kenyan police inspect the area of the helicopter wreckage after it crashed in Ngong forest, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, June 10, 2012. Kenyan police say Sunday June 10, 2012, cabinet minister George Saitoti, who once served as Kenya's vice president, was one of seven people killed in a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Nairobi. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT Kenyan police inspect the area of the helicopter wreckage after it crashed in Ngong forest, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, June 10, 2012. Kenyan police say Sunday June 10, 2012, cabinet minister George Saitoti, who once served as Kenya’s vice president, was one of seven people killed in a helicopter crash on the outskirts of Nairobi. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state has been killed in a helicopter crash in the southern delta region along with other senior officials, his party says.

Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and former national security adviser Gen Owoye Azazi were on the helicopter which came down in Bayelsa state.

Nigerian media said the helicopter belonged to the Nigerian navy and had been taking officials to Port Harcourt.

Nigeria has a poor air safety record, analysts say.

In March a police helicopter carrying a high-ranking police official crashed in the central city of Jos, killing four people.

“The nation has lost a great patriot who in about two years in saddle as the Governor of Kaduna State demonstrated an unyielding capacity in wielding together varying fragile interests,” the Peoples Democratic Party said in a statement.

Kaduna, in northern Nigeria, is a volatile region with a mixed population of Muslims and Christians. The Islamist militants of Boko Haram have frequently targeted Kaduna churches. BBC

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