An insight into how seat belts helped protect the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and his aides has been given by one of them, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
In a post on Facebook, he wrote: “To family, friends and associates thank you all for your concern and show of love and affection. I can’t thank you enough. It was a miracle we survived,” he wrote.
“The belts did a marvelous job and so were the security men on ground who quickly pulled us out of the wreckage not minding their own safety. We were also calm all through the ordeal. There was no panic of any kind.
“The immediate concern of all of us was the safety of our principal. We ensured he got out first. He too ensured we were all out before going into a vehicle. When we were all safely in the bus he insisted the assignment must go on and we drove to the palace of Obaro of Kabba.
“The Kabba people gave us a warm welcome and showered us with prayers. We thank them all. Above all God must be praised for providing us that umbrella of protection and prevented the helicopter from exploding in flames.”
Meanwhile, Caverton Helicopters, the company that operated the chopper that crash-landed with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that unusual weather conditions was responsible, even as it announced that investigations into the unfortunate incident has commenced.
Osinbajo and all those on board were brought out safely, even proceeding to finish his campaign engagements in Kabba, Kogi State.
Caverton Helicopter’s managing director, Josiah Choms, reiterated that the Augusta AW139 Helicopter, under its management was involved in the mishap on landing in Kabba, Kogi State around 3 p.m on Saturday as a result of unusual weather conditions.
“There were no injuries to the passengers or crew onboard and they were all quickly and safely evacuated.
“The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required.
“We wish to reassure the public and our various stakeholders of our unwavering commitment to safety in all of our operations,” te company’s statement added.