The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed that Augusta AW139 Helicopter, which was involved in a mishap in Kabba, Kogi State, that conveyed the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, does not belong to the NAF or was from the 011 Presidential Air Fleet (011 PAF).
In a statement on Sunday, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, lamented that some individuals have circulated a video showing the crash landing of a military helicopter claiming it was that of Osinbajo’s.
It said: “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.”