The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB) has commenced investigation into the crash which claimed 11 lives including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Friday, May 22, in Kaduna.
The bureau’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.
Oketunbi said the investigation has commenced as the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the Beechcraft 350 aircraft had been recovered.
“Investigators will download and analyse vital information contained in the recorders at the AIB world-class Flight Safety Laboratory, in Abuja.
“The mandate given to AIB-N is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two agencies on July 1, 2020, covering areas of mutual assistance,” he said.
Oketunbi said the investigation would be carried out diligently as well as professionally by its trained AIB investigators.
1st News had reported that the crash, which occurred on landing, had claimed 11 lives; including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his aides, and the flight crew.
The late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers who also died in the plane crash on Friday in Kaduna were laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja on Saturday, with full military honours.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday, May 21; dismissing the allegations made by Governor Hope Uzodinma that he refused to register as an All Progressives Congress member.
He also said the APC stood no chance of winning a single ward in the state under Uzodinma’s watch.
Okorocha made this statement via his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo; who accused the governor of taking delight in dishing out propaganda against him.
The ex-governor was responding to the governor’s claim that he (Okorocha) refused to register as a member of the ruling party.
He said, “The media reported what the Imo State Governor, Chief Hope Uzodinma, told the APC’s appeal committee; on the party’s registration as well as revalidation exercise; that Senator Okorocha refused to be registered as an APC member in Imo State during the exercise.
“This claim could only be laughable to most Nigerians who still remember how APC came to Imo, and indeed, the South-East.