By Chibuike Nwabuko
AbUja (Sundiata Post) – The Nigerian Police on Thursday denied the report of it’s helicopter crash, saying it was the case of controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Force Public Headquarters, CP Frank Mba gave the clarification in a statement he signed and made available to Sundiata Post.
The story reads in full:
The Nigeria Police Helicopter, Bell 429 5NMDA, flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Tuesday, January 26, 2022, was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi. The aircraft did not crash as being reported in some sections of the media and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever. All six (6) on board including the pilot and co-pilot are in good condition.
Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best Police Pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot. The incident occurred around 7:30PM (local time).
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has commended the Police Air-Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air-mishap. He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air-wing – with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a citation jet and thirteen (13) helicopters – has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.
CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER