Helicopter crash: Police launch Investigation into fake report about pilot’s death

OrijoReporter.com, Captain Ernest Chika

Report that Captain Ernest Chika would have escaped death if not that workers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, where he was rushed to were demanding police report before attending to him has drawn the reaction of the authorities.

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Late Chika was the pilot of the ill-fated Bell helicopter 206B3 that crashed into a residence at Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, causing deaths of other two persons onboard.

The report making the rounds that some workers at LASUTH were not quick in seeing to his treatment and instead asked for police report has been roundly denied and condemned by both the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) and the police authorities with the latter saying it will investigate the claim and unravel the peddler(s), per The Nation.

“That is a careless and baseless lie. It is like saying the government took an injured person to the hospital and the hospital told the government to get police report. We will investigate and unravel the person behind that post.

“Our people must stop saying things that are capable of causing trouble, especially when they know such tales are false,” Lagos Police Command spokesman Bala Elkana told the paper.

The publication also quoted LASEMA DG, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu as saying, “Does it even make sense? I was at the scene, the police and our collaborators were there.

“We work with medical workers, nurses and paramedics who operate the ambulances. So, tell me, is it possible that emergency workers will rush victims to the hospital and they will deny them treatment for police report? We recovered the pilot and mechanic dead.”


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