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Nigeria President Orders Probe of Crash That Killed Governor

Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an investigation into yesterday’s helicopter crash that killed the governor of the northern state of Kaduna and the country’s former national security adviser.

The crash of a military helicopter in the Nembe area of Bayelsa State killed Governor Patrick Yakowa, ex-security adviser Owoye Azazi and four others, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said today in a statement on the president’s website.

“The National Emergency Management Agency has concluded search-and-rescue operations over the crashed helicopter and the bodies of the victims have been brought to the mortuary,” Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for the Abuja-based agency, said today by telephone.

Ramalan Yero, the deputy governor of the state, has been sworn in as governor, Saidu Adamu, a government spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement today. The country has declared one week of mourning for the former governor, he said.

Yakowa, a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, was elected last year. Under Nigerian law, the deputy governor takes over if the governor dies.

Five people, including a top police official, died in March when a police surveillance helicopter crashed in the Central Plateau State city of Jos. A Dana Airlines Ltd. flight from Abuja carrying 146 passengers and seven crew members crashed on June 3 into the Agege suburb of Lagos, killing everybody on board and at least 10 people on the ground.

To contact the reporters on this story:

Emele Onu in Lagos at eonu1@bloomberg.net

Ardo Hazzad in Bauchi at ahazzad@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dulue Mbachu at dmbachu@bloomberg.net

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