The incident occurred in Kabba, where the VP had visited in continuation to campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The presidency said the accident would be investigated in line with the protocol of such incidents.
Osinbajo’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed that an investigation would be immediately constituted. “We will follow all the necessary due diligence; that will be certainly done. That is the protocol and it is the order of things to happen.”
On the condition of Osinbajo and other occupants of the ill-fated chopper, Akande said, “He is completely safe. He is actually at a road stop here in Kabba and he is addressing a mammoth crowd. He is safe and everybody is fine. Everybody got out of the chopper safely after that incident. “The VP has since gone on to address people on the way. This is his second stop in Kabba right now.”
An eyewitness disclosed that the helicopter managed to land at about 2.22pm at stadium in the town before its propeller suddenly pulled off.
Immediately the incident happened, the vice president was evacuated from the scene of the incident into a waiting vehicle and was thereafter driven in a convoy with other political office holders to the palace of Obaro of Kabba on a courtesy call.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has expressed gratitude to God for saving him and the lives of all those aboard the chopper. Speaking in Kabba, he said, “We are extremely grateful to the Lord for preserving our lives from the incident that just happened. Everyone is safe and no one is maimed. God has kept us safe and alive, delivered us from death so we can do more for our people and country.”