2023 Presidency: I Am Focused On Kogi Development, Says Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello has reacted to calls for him to contest in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election noting that he is focused on delivering his mandate of developing Kogi State.

The governor said his administration’s ability to curb insecurity in Kogi State and massive youth empowerment has been attracting support leading to the calls for him to join the 2023 presidential race, a call he does not want to be distracted with.

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Bello said this on Monday through his Chief Press Secretary, Nnogwu Sani Mohammed at the ongoing security and economic summit of the Northcentral Governors Forum in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

“Nigerians across all divide are calling on the Governor to run for the presidency in 2023 but His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is totally focused and committed to delivering the mandate given to him by the people of Kogi State to run for the second term.

“By January 27, 2021, he will be one year in office, that is for the second term, so he has a lot to do and he has a lot of time to spend with the people of Kogi State to deliver the dividends of democracy to them,” Mohammed said.

He, therefore, called for support to deliver his second term mandate of rebuilding Kogi State.

Bello said the issue of the 2023 presidency should not be put on the front burner and heat the polity and assured that he is focused on his mandate of improved security, economy, and youth employment.

Health Commissioner Claims No Strange Death In Kogi, Says 46 People Died In Enugu Border Town

 

Following an alarm raised by a lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ujah Anthony Alewo, that 50 persons have died of a strange illness in Kogi State, the Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu has denied the report.

The Health Commissioner in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said 46 people died of the strange illness and the affected community is located in a border town in Enugu State.

“Those deaths, I know 46 people are confirmed to have died on the side of Enugu State. I have been in contact with the Commissioner for Health in Enugu State, we have discussed the issue and shared ideas. No such illness on Kogi side of the divide. No Death has occurred in our own region.

“However, we have alerted all the health stakeholders. We have communicated with the traditional ruler of Olamabaro Local Government Area,” he said.

READ ALSO: Strange Disease Kills Over 50 In Kogi State

While dismissing that there is no hospital in the community, the health commissioner insisted that there is primary healthcare in the affected Local Government.

“We have a ‘cottage’ hospital and a general hospital in the same local government. You cannot expect every community to have a tertiary institution but at least we have primary healthcare there,” Audu said.

The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency, Honourable Ujah Anthony Alewo while moving a motion of urgent public importance at the floor of the house on Tuesday said 50 residents of Etteh Community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State have died of ‘alien epidemic’ from September till date.

“The reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people within the economic and productive age of 25 to 40 years died from September to date.

“Thereby stalling agricultural, social, and economic activities which directly affect the food security of the agrarian and artisan Etteh people,” the lawmaker said on Tuesday.

The lawmaker asked that the State Government should construct a Hospital in Etteh Community adding that it is “more worrisome that all efforts to get solutions using the local herbs and treatment at local health centres with referrals to neighboring clinics and hospitals at Ogugu and Okpo in Olamaboro respectively was not successful.”

He prayed that the house should mandate its Committee on Health and Social Services for an on-the-spot assessment of damage to lives and properties to the people of Etteh Community.

Strange Disease Kills Over 50 In Kogi State

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
A map of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central.

 

Over 50 persons have been said to have lost their lives to a strange illness in Olamaboro Local Government area of Kogi State.

It was reliably gathered that the disease which is still unknown comes with symptoms such as headache,  red eye, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate, convulsion, and finally death.

The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Ujah Anthony Alewo who disclosed this in a motion of urgent public importance presented at the floor of the house on Tuesday said it was sad and quite disturbing that the residents of Etteh Community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State were thrown into confusion by the outbreak of an epidemic alien to them.

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Although the lawmaker maintained that the causes of the disease are still unknown, he noted that the infected patient dies within one week of contracting the disease.

According to him, “more worrisome, all efforts to get solutions using the local herbs and treatment at local health centres with referrals to neighboring clinics and hospitals at Ogugu and Okpo in Olamaboro respectively was not successful.

“The reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people within the economic and productive age of 25 to 40 years died from September to date.

“Thereby stalling agricultural, social, and economic activities which directly affect the food security of the agrarian and artisan Etteh people.”

He prayed that the house should mandate its Committee on Health and Social Services for an on-the-spot assessment of damage to lives and properties to the people of Etteh Community.

The lawmaker added that the House does write a strongly worded resolution mandating the Honourable Commissioner for Health to direct medical experts to the affected area to unravel the cause of the epidemic and treat accordingly.

Alewo, in his prayers, urged the house to do a passionate appeal to the State Government to send palliatives to the affected areas to cushion the huge loss incurred by Etteh Community.

Seconding the motion, the lawmaker representing Dekina Biraidu Moses Ododo stressed that, the lives of people in the community need to be urgently saved as it will adversely affect the economic input of the agrarian community to the State.

The Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Mohammed, in his submissions hinted that the Community shares boundary with Enugu State, and as such there is a need for urgent action to avert further loss of lives.

He suggested an additional prayer that the State Government should construct a Hospital in Etteh Community to avert and tackle the future occurrence of such an epidemic.

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole, asked for a minute’s silence for the lives lost due to the attack of this epidemic, adding that, the House should write to Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja for support.

 

#EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

 

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has described the #EndSARS protests as politically motivated.

In an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, the governor explained that although he supports the agitations of the youths, the fact that they refused to relent after some demands were met, means the protests have political undertones.

“Dear Nigerians, let me tell you, what is happening today, this so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated,” he said.

“Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it once again and you can quote me anywhere, anyday and I will prove it to you.

“Why will you demand for five items and you and granted and you refuse to take it.. which struggle, agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?.

“100 per cent, I agree (with the agitations of the protesters) but if you look at what is happening today, you will have no option than to classify it as politically motivated”.

According to him, it is a “ploy to set we the youths of this country against one another”.

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The governor also said not everyone wants an end to SARS so the agitations are only fuelled by some politicians and those who are profiting from it.

“Those who continue to shift the goal post when the demands were met, those who continue to profiteer from it.

“Not everybody believes in ending the SARS. And if you say SARS are even wrong in doing one thing or the other, the best way to agitate was to even ask for a total security overall”.

Bullet Hits Journalist In Kogi As Looters Scamper For Safety

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
A map of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central.

 

A journalist with the Sun newspaper, Emmanuel Adeyemi has been hit by a stray bullet in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

He was hit while on his way to the Nigerian Union of journalists, (NUJ) secretariat on Monday morning, as gunshots were fired to disperse a crowd of looters at the warehouse in the Zone 8 area.

A similar incident had occurred Sunday night with residents bombarding the ADP Warehouse, carting away several bags of fertilizer, water pumps, bags of rice seedlings.

According to the government, however, they had intended to distribute the items to the people on Monday, before the crowd overwhelmed them and broke into the warehouse.

Security agencies were seen at some strategic locations ensuring that the situation didn’t go out of hand.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer Mr. William Aya, said that the gunshots were from hoodlums who were scaring people away to enable them have free access to their looting activities themselves.

He said the shootings were not from the Police, adding that the perpetrators were being trailed and would be brought to book shortly.

Meanwhile, the victims have been taken to one of the private hospitals in Lokoja for treatment.

In a phone interview with Channels Television, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Kinsley Fanwo, described the situation as unfortunate saying that the mercenaries were sneaked into the town by hoodlums who are bent on causing mayhem.

He, however, promised that government is doing everything possible to track them down.

Lokoja Tanker Explosion: Govt Declares Two-Day Mourning

Photos from the scene of the accident

 

The Government of Kogi State has declared a two-day mourning in honour of the victims of a tanker explosion which occurred in Lokoja the state capital, on Wednesday.

This announcement is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Kogi Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo.

“The Governor and the Government of Kogi State are saddened by the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives in the early hours of today.

“The people are the State. Therefore, the primary responsibility of the Government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the Kogi people.

READ ALSO: At Least 23 Killed In Lokoja Tanker Explosion

“As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, the Government has declared a two-day state mourning to honor the departed souls.

“In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonizing loss,” the statement read in part.

The tanker explosion, which occurred in the Felele area of Lokoja, along the Lokoja/Abuja Highway claimed 23 lives.

The government, therefore, called on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that care and caution could have averted.

Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the causes of the incident.

Kogi: PDP Expresses Shock, Says Supreme Court Judgement Does Not Inspire Hope

PDP Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Zamfara Election

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is shocked over the judgement of the Supreme Court which upheld the victory of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

The apex court had dismissed the five grounds of appeal filed by the PDP candidate, Musa Wada, including allegations of rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello did not secure the highest votes.

In a statement on Monday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said that the judgment fell short of the expectation of the majority of the people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general.

The party added that the judgement has failed to inspire hope for a violent-free election in the country.

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It called on its supporters and the people of Kogi State to remain calm and focused on achieving a credible electoral process in the country, while also mourning those who lost their lives during and after the election.

“Our party deeply mourns all those who were gruesomely murdered, as well as commiserates with all victims of violence.”

The PDP urged its supporters not to lose hope after pursuing the recovery of their mandate to the very end.

According to it, such commitment is a demonstration of the undying determination of the people to defend their choice of leadership.

“Our party will continue to stand with the people of Kogi State as they weather the insensitive and anti-people government in Kogi State,” the party added.

Supreme Court Upholds Election Of Yahaya Bello As Kogi Governor

Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello speaks on COVID-19 at the Government House in Lokoja on July 5, 2020.

 

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

In its Judgement delivered on Monday, the Apex Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, disagreed with the appeal filed on five grounds by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.

Mr Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.

The apex court also dismissed the seven grounds of appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti, which includes an allegation of age falsification against the Kogi State Deputy Governor

Other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.

Mr Wada approached the Supreme Court after his petition was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on July 4th, 2020 with a split decision of two to one.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Bello as the duly elected governor on November 18, 2019, having scored the highest number of votes in the poll.

He got a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Wada who scored 189,704 votes and Akpoti who garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Osinbajo’s Helicopter Accident Caused By Human Error, AIB Reveals

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the final report of the February 2, 2019 helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Kogi and three other accidents.

In its preliminary report, the AIB had said the crew lost visual contact with the ground at about 50 feet owing to dust generated when landing on a sandy area.

But in the new report made available on Tuesday, the AIB said the incident was as result of human error.

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The Agusta Westland helicopter conveying the Vice President and 11 others crashed in the Kabba area of Kogi State during the 2019 presidential election campaign.

APC, PDP React To Osinbajo’s Helicopter Crash Survival
A helicopter conveying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo crash-landed in Kogi State on February 2, 2019.

 

The chopper managed by Caverton Helicopter had managed to land at the township stadium before its propeller suddenly pulled off to the surprise of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had gathered to welcome the Vice President.

Read the full report on the Vice President’s helicopter crash and three other incidents released by the Bureau below:

THE SPEECH OF THE COMMISSIONER/CEO OF ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BUREAU (AIB), AKIN OLATERU AT THE MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE RELEASE OF FOUR OCCURRENCE REPORTS HELD ON 28 JULY, 2020 AT CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUJA

Gentlemen of the press,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this very important occasion where we will be releasing four final accident and serious incident reports to the general public.

For us at AIB Nigeria, safety is very crucial and our investigations are geared towards ensuring a safer airspace in Nigeria and in the region.

These reports are the strong foundation on which safety of the aviation industry is built and timely release of these reports is as critical as Accident Investigation itself. The purpose of accident investigation, however, is not to apportion blame or liability but to prevent future recurrence of similar incidents.

Since the inception of this administration at AIB, we have been able to keep to our promise of ensuring timely release of accident and serious incident reports. We have before now released 27 final accident reports to the public and today, we will be releasing an additional four reports, which will bring the total final report released by this administration from 2017 till date to 31.

These Four Final Reports include a total of 9 Safety Recommendations, making a total of 51 Final Reports and 187 Safety Recommendations since the inception of AIB.

Safety Recommendations in accident reports have impacted air safety positively not only in Nigeria, but globally. They are very important towards preventing recurrence of such accidents or serious incidents when safety recommendations are adhered to.

Below is a breakdown of the reports and safety recommendations we have turned out so far.

 

 FINAL REPORTS RELEASED
 2007 – 20162017 – Date Total
Occurrences193150
Incident (Safety Bulletin)11
Total193251
Percentage of Final Reports37.3%62.7% 
  
 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED
Occurrences81102159
Incident (Safety Bulletin)44
Total81106187
Percentage of Safety Recommendations Issued43.3%56.7% 

 

A total of 32 Final Reports have been released since January 2017, which makes up 62.7% of AIB’s total of 51 Final Reports released since inception (2007).

The 106 safety recommendations issued since 2017 account for 56.7% of the total 187 issued since inception.

Before the end of the year, we should be able to release an additional six Final Reports to the public.

I would like to appreciate the relentless efforts of AIB staff in achieving this milestone by turning out these reports in a timely manner. In order to ensure timely release of reports, we have simplified our investigation process by encouraging teamwork. Investigations are now done in groups and they all work together to ensure investigations are done efficiently and timely. Like I always say a simple, not complex investigation, should not last more than 18 months.

One of the reports that is being released today is the accident of an Agusta Westland (AW139) helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML owned and operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited which occurred on the 2nd of February 2019, in Kabba, Kogi State, Nigeria. The helicopter had 12 persons on-board, including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his entourage and three crew members which included the Captain, Co-Pilot and an Engineer.

Also, I would like to appreciate the continuous support of the supervisory ministry, particularly the Honourable Minister of Aviation.

In all, we have established a system in AIB that is working.

We are committed to swift response to accident and serious incident occurrences through our well-equipped Command and Control Centre. Accident reporting has also been simplified through our Mobile Application which was introduced to interface with the public and make it easy for them to communicate with AIB digitally.

Please feel free to visit our website www.aib.gov.ng  for the full details of these reports and all other reports that we have issued in the past. You can also download our Mobile App, AIB Nigeria, on Google Play Store and IOS.

The four reports we are releasing today are as follows:

  1. Report on the Serious Incident involving Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft owned and operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd. with nationality and registration marks 5N-BPU, which occurred at FL240, 80 NM to Lagos on 18th April 2017.
  2. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH owned and operated by the International Aviation College, which occurred on Runway 23 Ilorin International Airport on 1st of May, 2019
  3. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-40 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BRM owned and operated by International Aviation College, which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport On 27th of March, 2014
  4. Report on the Accident involving an Agusta-Westland AW139 Helicopter operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-CML, which occurred at Kabba Stadium, Kogi State on 2nd February, 2019.

 

1. Report on the Serious Incident involving Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft owned and operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd. with nationality and registration marks 5N-BPU, which occurred at FL240, 80 NM to Lagos On 18th April 2017

SYNOPSIS

Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) was not officially notified of the serious incident but got to know about it through social media on 19th April, 2017.

On the 18th of April, 2017 at about 17:50 h, a Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 aircraft with registration marks 5N-BPU, operated by Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd as a scheduled flight NIG316, while cruising at FL240, 80 NM inbound Lagos from Port Harcourt, experienced bluish smoke which gradually increased in density within the cabin.

The smoke progressed into the cockpit. The lavatory smoke detector aural warning activated, and the AFT BAGGAGE light illuminated on the Fire Panel but there was no burning smell perceived. At 17:55 h the crew donned Oxygen masks and requested clearance to descend. NIG316 was cleared for immediate descent to 2,200 ft AMSL and requested to contact Lagos Approach. The aircraft contacted Lagos Approach requesting fire assistance on the ground.

The crew followed the FUSELAGE FIRE, SMOKE or FUMES in the QRH and executed “SMOKE” (Warning Light) checklist procedure, the aircraft landed safely on runway 18L at about 18:03 h and taxied to Aero Contractors maintenance facility at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

The passengers disembarked normally without injuries.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

Engine oil leaked onto a hot surface of the engine causing fumes which mixed with the engine bleed air supply to the air conditioning system, resulting in smoke in the aircraft cabin, cockpit and lavatory/ cargo compartments.

Two Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendation 2019-024

Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited should ensure that Cockpit and Cabin Crew are alive to their responsibilities during emergencies vis-à-vis establishing effective two-way communication.

Safety Recommendation 2019-025

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority should ensure that operators utilize the New Oil Analysis Technology made available by Pratt & Whitney Canada in order to identify impending failure of the carbon seals on PW150A engines that are yet to comply with SB 35342R1.

2. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH owned and operated by the International Aviation College which occurred on Runway 23 Ilorin International Airport on 1st of May, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

The accident involved a Diamond DA-42 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BNH, which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport, Ilorin on 1st May 2019.

The flight was a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) mock test with two persons onboard, a Flight Instructor (FI) and a Student Pilot (SP) with the flight instructor flying while the student pilot was monitoring.

At about 09:13 h, 5N-BNH took off from runway 23, Ilorin International Airport to Sector One Charlie (1C) and reported established at 09:28 h.

Several manoeuvres were carried out including steep turn, stall in all configurations, emergency descent, one engine inoperative procedure etc.

After two hours of flying at the training area, 5N-BNH was cleared back to the field for RNAV, VOR hold and ILS Approach and missed approach exercises.

At 11:12 h, the aircraft 5N-BNH reported right downwind Runway 23, requesting full stop landing and was granted. The flight instructor did his pre-landing checks.

At 11:15 h, the aircraft touched down with gears up on the runway centreline at a distance of 1,387 m from the threshold, veered right of the runway centerline and stopped 205m from the touchdown point, 9m to the right of the runway centreline.

The incident occurred in daylight.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

The crew carried out the approach and landed with landing gears not extended.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS 

  1. Inadequate crew coordination during the approach to landing phase of flight.
  2. Lack of situational awareness on the position of the landing gears by the flight crew during approach to land.
  3. The inappropriate execution of approach and landing check list.

Three Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendations 2019-026

NCAA should intensify its oversight on International Aviation College (IAC) and ensure that it adheres strictly to the use of Checklists and appropriate procedures during all training sessions and phases of flight.

Safety Recommendations 2019-027

International Aviation College (IAC) should improve on its Crew Resource Management training vis-à-vis the need for trainees to be assertive when necessary.

Safety Recommendations 2019-028

NAMA should devise means to ensure duty air traffic controllers, DATCOs, maintain continuous watch on all aircraft movements within the vicinity of the aerodrome.

3. Report on the Serious Incident involving a Diamond DA-40 aircraft with Nationality and Registration Marks 5N-BRM owned and operated by International Aviation College which occurred on Runway 23, Ilorin International Airport On 27th of March, 2014

SYNOPSIS

On 27th March 2014, at about 10:26 h, a Diamond DA-40D aircraft, 5N-BRM was on a training flight with a Student Pilot and an Instructor. After two successful landings under supervision of the Instructor, the Student Pilot was released for his first solo flight. The Instructor disembarked and the Student Pilot proceeded to fly solo. The Student Pilot took off flying the runway 23 circuit and executed a Touch and Go landing, requesting a full stop on the second landing, which ATC granted. On the second landing at touchdown, the aircraft lost directional control and veered off left of Runway 23 centreline into the grassy area.

The Air Traffic Controller sounded the crash alarm and the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire-fighting Services (ARFFS) arrived the site of the accident thereafter. The Student Pilot disembarked the aircraft without injury.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:

CAUSAL FACTOR

Loss of directional control after touchdown and subsequent veer of the aircraft off the runway.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR

Wrong engine power application during landing roll.

Two Safety Recommendations were made.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

The following Safety recommendations were made:

Safety Recommendations 2019-029

International Aviation College (IAC) should have in place a stringent flight training policy to discourage disruptions of students’ training during the stipulated period.

 Safety Recommendations 2019-030

International Aviation College (IAC) should develop and incorporate in their training manual, procedures to ensure that corrective actions are developed and implemented to prevent observed deficiencies such as “exceeding required minimum hours for solo flight”, duly signed out by Instructors and records kept in the student’s file prior to conducting a solo flight.

4. Final Report on the accident involving AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML, which occurred at Kabba, Kogi State on 2nd February, 2019.

 

SYNOPSIS 

On 2nd February, 2019 at about 07:26 h, an Agusta Westland (AW139) helicopter with nationality and registration marks 5N-CML operated by Caverton Helicopters Limited departed Lagos for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, to conduct a VIP charter flight from Abuja to Okene via Kabba and return to Abuja. The positioning flight to Abuja was normal. The helicopter was refuelled and the flight crew prepared for the VIP charter flight to Kabba.

At about 13:46 h, the helicopter departed Abuja runway 22 for Kabba. On board were 12 persons including the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his entourage and three crew members (Pilot, Co-pilot and an Engineer). The flight crew stated that they sighted the intended landing area as a result of the cloud of residual dust generated by the downwash of a Police helicopter.

After sighting the football field, the flight crew approached with the speed of 20 kt to about a 100 ft, and entered a hover to land. At about 50 ft above ground level, a brownout set in.  The flight crew lost visual contact with the ground and external surroundings. The Co-pilot began radio altitude callouts “35, 30, 25, 20 and 15”. At about 14:34 h, the helicopter experienced a hard landing on the right main landing gear and rolled over onto its right side. All persons on board were evacuated uninjured.

CAUSAL FACTOR

The flight crew encountered a brownout condition during the hover to land, which led to the loss of external visual references, spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness resulting in a misjudgement of distance and ground clearance, as the flight crew tried to control the helicopter’s movements for landing. The helicopter landed hard and rolled over on its right side.

CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR

Inappropriate landing technique used, non-adherence to company procedures for known or anticipated brownout condition during landing and lack of risk assessment, limited landing site preparation and planning prior to commencement of the flight.

Eleven days after the accident, the AIB issued two Interim Safety Recommendations, one to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and one to Caverton Helicopters. The required safety actions were initiated and implemented promptly.

Two Safety Recommendations were issued in the Final Report. 

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

Safety Recommendation 2020-001

NCAA should 

Conduct a Safety Management System (SMS) audit of Caverton Helicopters. The SMS audit by the NCAA should ensure that Caverton Helicopters has implemented the Immediate Safety Recommendation 2019-003, the NCAA All Operators Letter (FSG 002), and the recommendations documented in the Caverton Helicopters internal SMS investigation of this accident. The NCAA audit should also ascertain that the Caverton Helicopters internal SMS processes in the maintenance activities require the establishment of the reasons/causes of equipment failure/malfunction (reference is made to the failures of the Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR) and the unavailability of the reasons of the failures).

Safety Recommendation 2020-002

The Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) should

Consider whether the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) Unit should be involved in the coordination and preparation of all high profile Executive VIP mission (flights) in order to ensure that all Executive VIP flights are conducted in accordance with the PAF Unit’s Standards and in line with its approved operating procedures.

Kogi Governorship Election: Tribunal Delivers Judgment In Four Appeals

lokoja, supreme court judgement, bello,
A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja is set to deliver a judgment in four petitions challenging the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of the state.

In the appeal filed by Musa Wada and the Peoples Democratic Party, they alleged that Governor Bello’s election is riddled with illegal thumb printing of ballot papers while the petition of Mrs Natasha Akpoti and the Social Democratic Party claims that the election was fraudulent.

The Democratic Peoples Party and Action Peoples Party also want the tribunal to upturn the election of Yahaya Bello on grounds of electoral infractions and irregularities.

The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had in May, affirmed the election of incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello.

In a judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, the tribunal held that the petitioner (Musa Wada), had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello and APC who are the respondents.

In a dissenting judgment, however, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele nullified the election of the governor and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.

Chief Judge Of Kogi State, Justice Ajanah Dies

 

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah has died.

Justice Ajanah died in Abuja in the early hours of Sunday.

Ajanah who hails from Okehi local government area of Kogi State died after a brief illness at the age of 64 years.

His death comes few days after the Kogi State Government lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga after a brief illness also.

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Reacting to Ajanah’s death, the State Government said the passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the government and people of Kogi State.

In a communique by Hon. Kingsley Fanwo – the Commissioner for Information and Communications, the government said the Chief Judge will be remembered for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

The statement further noted that the late Justice will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice.

“He was a colossus in the noble profession of law,” the statement partly read.

While assuring that it will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial, the state government said Ajanah’s shoes will be impossible to fill.

‘It’s Real’: Melaye Says He Knows COVID-19 Patient In Kogi

A file photo of Senator Dino Melaye

 

Former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, says the COVID-19 is real in Kogi State, contrary to claims by the state government that the virus doesn’t exist.

In a statement made available to Channels Television on Saturday, Melaye noted that not only does COVID-19 exist in the state but also, one of the victims is someone who he knows personally.

“I want to announce that the COVID-19 case in Kogi is real and authentic and cannot understand why any responsible government will want to deny and invariably kill her citizens,” the senator said.

“One of the cases is from Kabba and the victim is personally known to me. I cannot be part of those who will play politics with the lives of my people. COVID-19 is real but not a death sentence if handled early enough”.


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Melaye, therefore, urged that family members of the Kabba victim who got referral to Abuja from the Federal Medical Center in Lokoja and all those who had contact with him should please surrender themselves for test so as to curtail the spread of the virus.

He also urged the state government to “come down from her imaginary high horse and start contact tracing to help curtail the spread”, adding that “it is illogical to think we will be free with our proximity to affected states”.

His comments come days after the state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) differed on whether the state has recorded a COVID-19 case.

While the NCDC reported two cases on Wednesday for the state, the government maintained the results were “fraudulent”.

Senator Melaye is, however, not the only one who has faulted that claim.

The National Medical Association has also described the attitude of the state government on COVID-19 issues as “both ignorantly meddlesome and irresponsible.”