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Osinbajo Tragedy averted as VP's chopper emits thick smoke after take-off

The aircraft was said to have landed on the same spot when it could not ascend beyond the tree level.

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, June 7, escaped what would have been a tragedy after a chopper meant to convey him went up in smoke after take-off.

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According to The Nation, the chopper was meant to convey Osinbajo from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada in Abuja, but was forced to land few seconds after take-off as it began to emit thick smoke.

The aircraft was said to have landed on the same spot when it could not ascend beyond the tree level.

It was learnt that the chopper had earlier taken the Vice President to the college for the graduation ceremony of Senior Division Course 1/2018 participants.

The Vice-President's spokesman, Laolu Akande, confirmed the incident on Twitter but did not give details.

"VP Osinbajo attended the graduation ceremony of Nigeria Customs Senior Course in Gwagwalada today. On his way back it was decided, for technical reasons, not to fly the chopper that had brought him to the venue. He drove back to the Presidential Villa & continued his schedule", Akande tweeted.

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Also, the convoys of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadique Abubakar, were said to have left the venue before the incident occurred.

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