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Nigeria Police Boss, 3 others, die in Helicopter Crash; Pictures; President Jonathan release statement

Shatter of the crashed Helicopter

A police surveillance helicopter crashed in Jos on Wednesday killing four persons on board, including a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, John Haruna.

The Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, confirmed the incident and said: “The four people on board, “including a DIG, were all killed”. He said the DIG’s orderly, the pilot and an engineer were also killed.

An eyewitness said that the helicopter crashed into a house, where a baby was confirmed injured, while an unspecified number of casualties were rushed to Air Force Military Hospital, Jos.

Journalists learnt that the helicopter was deployed for surveillance over hot spots in Jos following renewed hostilities in the area.

Meanwhile, following this development, the Plateau State government had cancelled its weekly Executive Council meeting after receiving news of the accident. (NAN)
Culled from Vanguard
Below, is the press statement released from the Office of President Goodluck Jonathan

“STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT JONATHAN MOURNS DEATH OF SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with utmost sadness the tragic news of the death of senior police officers in a helicopter crash today in Jos, Plateau State.
The President described the accident as unfortunate and a temporary setback especially at this time that all security forces are making concerted efforts to guarantee security throughout the country.
President Jonathan commiserated with the families of the bereaved and the Police High Command, urging them to take consolation in the fact that these fine officers died in the course of national assignment.
The President prayed that Almighty God will accept the souls of the deceased and grant the nation the fortitude to bear this national loss .

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser (Media & Publicity) to the President.
March 14, 2012″
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