By LAMIDI BAMIDELE
LAGOS— Security situation at the Ikoyi, Lagos home of the former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Owoye Azazi, who died in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa State on Saturday was yesterday beefed up as stern looking soldiers barred access to the house.
Even journalists from various media organisations were turned back by the soldiers and security operatives.
Some of the journalists reported as early as 9.00 a.m. waiting for ‘clearance’ to take pictures and interview dignitaries who visited to pay condolence to the bereaved family but around 11.00a.m., a plain-clothe security personnel asked them to leave.
The soldiers who claimed to be acting on instructions from above, threatened to deal with any of the journalists who either took photographs or conducted interview with any visitor to the house.
Among the dignitaries sighted before the development were top military officers, both serving and retired such as General Gold Eburu, Group Capt Disu, Colonel CP Izuorgu, among others.
It has been reported that the ill-fated helicopter, in which the former governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, a former National Security Adviser, Owoye Azazi, and four others, were traveling in, burst into flames, before plunging into the creeks.
The chopper is owned by the Nigerian Navy and was said to have been shuttling repeatedly between Port Harcourt, Yenogoa and Okoroba, the town where an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Oronto Douglas, was burying his father over the weekend. The governor and the former Security chief, were on their way to Port Harcourt, en-route Abuja.
Multiple reports say the carrier wobbled shortly after it stabilized in air and then plummeted into the swamps around 2.30pm.
There seems to be no end to insinuations that there was more to Saturday’s crash than meets the eyes.
The Federal Government has however begun investigation into the crash .