Plane crash: Danbaba Suntai flown to

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By Chris Ochayi & Emmanuel Elebeke

Injured Taraba State Governor Danbaba Suntai was (on Saturday) flown to Germany from Abuja.The governor was moved out of the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment at about 3:30 p.m.

Our correspondents, who monitored the movement, gathered that the governor was accompanied by security men and some top politicians from Taraba  and were received at the local wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport by some sympathisers who had gone earlier to bid him fare well.

According to a FAAN official who spoke to our corespondents, the governor, on arrival at the airport, was immediately taken to a standby air ambulance which took off at about 4 p.m. to an undisclosed German hospital for ‘’intensive treatment.”

The governor escaped death Thursday evening after a plane he was flying crashed near the Nigerian National Patrolmen Corporation, NNPC, Depot in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The governor, his aide-de-camp and chief security officer, who were also in the plane that took off from Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, and three others, were seriously injured.

The plane, a Cessna 208, 5N-BMJ, which crashed at about 7.45 p.m; is owned by the state government.

The governor, who was brought in unconscious, was first taken to Yola Specialist Hospital for treatment, but was later moved to the better-equipped Federal Medical Centre, Yola.

Hospital sources said the governor sustained an injury on his arm, the head and abdomen.  Suntai was flown from Yola at about 12.25pm Friday to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, in an air ambulance from where he was driven in an ambulance to the National Hospital.

President  Goodluck Jonathan, who visited the injured governor on Friday afternoon at the National Hospital, said Suntai was in stable condition.


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