Buhari mourns victims of Lagos helicopter crash

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, commiserated with friends and relatives of victims of the helicopter crash in the Opebi area of Lagos State.

In a two-paragraph statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President prayed to God to console the bereaved and heal the injured.

The statement titled, ‘President Buhari condoles with families of Lagos helicopter crash victims,’ read, “President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with families, friends and associates of victims of the Bell 206 helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation which crashed Friday into a building in Opebi, Lagos State.

“While the nation awaits report of investigation into the accident by aviation regulatory agencies, the President prays that God will console the bereaved families, grant peace to the souls of the dead and speedy recovery for the injured.

Recall that a helicopter operated by Quorom Aviation had crashed in the Opebi area of Lagos State, killing two people on board.

It was gathered that the copter dropped from the sky around 12 noon and crashed into a residential building on Salvation Road in the Opebi area.

Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor also confirmed the incident.

“Yes, it just happened. The helicopter crashed in Opebi around 12pm. LASEMA operatives are on our way to the incident site. I’ll give you more updates,” he said.

LASEMA General Manager, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said two persons died in the crash while another was injured and has been rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

Oke-Osanyintolu said, “The agency received distress calls concerning a privately operated helicopter that crashed into 16A Salvation Road, Opebi, Ikeja and immediately activated the emergency response plan.

“The helicopter was carrying three people, one is in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, while the other two were killed on impact and their bodies have been deposited in a mortuary. We are on top of challenges, especially crowd control. The operation is ongoing and updates will follow.”

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