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Panic as mystery helicopter lands in Enugu State House, occupants unknown

by ‘Jola Sotubo

File photo

File photo

Residents of the Enugu Government House received a fright yesterday when an unidentified helicopter landed in the compound at about 11am.

Pandemonium resulted as people ran helter skelter in fear as the mission of the helicopter’s occupants was unknown.

Reports have it that the occupants, two pilots and one engineer, were finally confronted by security agents after three hours of landing.

They were finally handed over to the state police command by Governor Sullivan Chime’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Fidelis Ogarabe.

Nigerian Eye reports:

At the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, could not pass detailed comments on the matter.

He said, “We are trying to find out certain things from the occupants of the aircraft. We need to really find out what their mission was. I will issue a release when we must have done that.”

However, a police source who spoke to newsmen, said the occupants are indigenes of northern Nigeria.

“With the equipment they had in their possession, we suspect they had come to place a bomb at the Government House,” said the police source.

Another police source said, “The occupants have refused to give us full details of their identity. Some of us here believe it is either a planned attack by Boko Haram members, or another attack by members of the Biafra Zionist Movement.

Another report by Leadership, however has it that the helicopter might have been the one hired to convey the corpse of a former member of the old Anambra  House of Assembly, Late Sir Andrew Okonkwo Umeoji, whose valedictory session held at the Enugu  House of Assembly.

The Enugu House of Assembly is said to be close to the Government House so it’s likely that the pilot of the helicopter made a wrong turn and landed it in error.

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