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By Bertram Nwannekanma and Sunday Aikulola
19 August 2015   |   10:55 pm
HE was a promising young man, those who knew him said he was ebullient, loving, full of life and a delight to behold.
The late Peter Bello Jnr

The late Peter Bello Jnr

Crashed Bristow helicopter co- pilot for burial today in Calabar, Cross River State

HE was a promising young man, those who knew him said he was ebullient, loving, full of life and a delight to behold.

However, all these are now in the past, as Peter Kayode Bello’s life was truncated last week Wednesday near the King’s Palace, Oworosonki, a Lagos suburb.

Bello was the co -pilot of the crashed twin-engine Sikorsky helicopter, operated by the United States -based Bristow Group.

The helicopter was heading towards the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja from Escravos oil-rig before it exploded and plunged inside the lagoon just behind the Oworonsoki Divisional Police Station at Alonge.

Twenty-six-year-old Bello was a lifestyle and travel photographer before he joined the Bristow Group in 2014.

His sudden death has shattered the dreams of the photographer-turned pilot, leaving families, friends and acquaintances sobbing.

The Bellos, sources said, are yet to not come into terms with the disaster, which has shattered their dreams.

It was a tragedy that one would not wish even his worst enemy.

It is also a cross they have to bear, as Peter’s lifeless body will today be laid to rest at the Hawkins Road cemetery in Calabar, Cross River State.

A vigil mass was held yesterday at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Calabar.

Meanwhile friends of the deceased Peter had taken to the social media to mourn his sudden death.

One of the messages his friend tweeted said: “How in the world would someone ever say: you won’t see Peter anymore. Guys, this was an absolute great guy with a pure heart. If anyone would ask me to pick one guy with a great heart, I’ll honestly pick Peter. Oh my World! Peter you touched our lives with the best pictures you took of us even as you had the magic hands of a pilot. We hung out many times that I learnt a lot from your meekness, I pray for it everyday and you had yours on a platter of gold. Not you…. Not you. God sends a reason and I received it. You can’t be amongst us liars, cheats, thieves and haters. You were Rare!!! Rest in Peace Peter Bello”.

It would be recalled that the ill-fated helicopter scheduled to arrive Lagos at 15.35 pm on that day had 12 people on board including the crew.

The helicopter with Registration Number 5N-BDG- 760540 took off from one of the nation’s oil-rigs in the South South region.

Six persons were killed, while the six survivors are receiving medical treatment at a Lagos hospital.
Victims of the ill-fated helicopter, The Guardian learnt would receive a compensation of $100,000 according to the standards of the International Civil Aviation Authority on compensation for crash victims.

The compensation was raised from $10,000 to $100,000 a few years ago by the regulatory body according to the Warsaw Convention.