|It was a sad scene as sympathizers wept when the remains of late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa arrived Kaduna on Tuesday.His corpse came along with that of Dauda Tsoho his friend.They died in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa state on Saturday.The corpses were accompanied to Kaduna by Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha, former governor of Bayelsa state and the state’s Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogba John Jonah as well as some senior government officials.They arrived the Kaduna Airport at about 2.45 pm, in an Air Force cargo aircraft.
Newly sworn in Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero was at the airport to receive the caskets .Also present at the Kaduna airport included Yakowa’s widow, Amina, Senator Danjuma Goje among others. Reports said the caskets were driven in an ambulance and the convoy moved to the Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital where the corpses were deposited in the mortuary.
One of those who visited the hospital was David Mark the Senate President, who was also in Kaduna .From there he proceeded to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House (Kaduna Government House) where he expressed his condolences.
Also , Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President vowed that the Nigerian Christian community will not allow the expected report of the probe panel investigating the Bayelsa crash to be swept under the carpet.
The CAN National General-Secretary Rev. Musa Asake, who represented Oritsejafor , told reporters that, “CAN supports the Federal Government for setting up a panel of investigation, we support it and we are looking forward to the report but we have heard of panels of investigation being set up and reports submitted in the country, we hope and that pray that the Federal Government releases the report of this one and take action.
“So, CAN is solidly behind the Federal Government in doing this and we are calling on the federal government that if the report is submitted, it should please act on the report.
“We were shocked, if there is anything more than shock, we will use that word. We were not prepared for it.
“We enjoyed a lot of cooperation from Yakowa and we enjoyed watching him doing what he did during the short time he was governor of Kaduna state. We pray that the same relationship will be extended to the new governor.”
Reports said the late governor may be buried on Thursday.It was not immediately clear if there was any modification in the plan as the corpses arrived on Tuesday instead of Monday earlier announced.
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