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Nigerian VP Survives Helicopter Crash

ABUJA, Nigeria-Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, survived a helicopter crash while on an official trip to the country’s central state of Kogi, a presidential spokesman confirmed.

The six-seater helicopter, conveying Osinbajo and some of his aides, crash-landed in Kabba area of Kogi, presidential spokesman Laolu Akande said.

It was badly damaged but all the passengers and crew members were unhurt, the presidential aide, said.

The exact cause of the accident will be determined by experts in due course, he said, confirming that an investigation has been launched into the crash.

The vice president himself confirmed through twitter that he and his aides on board are safe and sound, adding, the crew managed the situation well.

Another presidency official told Xinhua there’s no indication of sabotage or anything extraordinary so far.

According to local broadcaster, Channels Television, the propeller of the helicopter broke off close to a field in the town, causing the chopper to crash-land.

Nigeria will hold general elections on Feb 16, to elect the president and national assembly members, and on Mar 2, to elect state governors and state houses of assembly members.