Friday, 4 October 2013

Late Ex- Governor Agagu's corpse retrieved Burial Plans Proceeds for Today.

 The casket, bearing the corpse of the Ondo State former governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, has been recovered by rescue agencies at the site of the Associated Airlines plane, which crashed in Lagos on Thursday morning, however, the state of the corpse or that of the casket could not be ascertained. More after the cut

The remains of the former University of Ibadan lecturer were due to be interred in Ondo State this weekend after a series of events by the state government.
The funeral arrangements scheduled for his Iju-Odo hometown today, will go ahead as planned despite Thursday’s plane crash in which 13 persons were killed while his remains were being ferried to the state.
The family had directed that the incident, which sent shock waves round the state, where many had gathered awaiting the arrival of the funeral party, should not stop the burial of the former governor, who slumped and died in Lagos on September 13.
Agagu, whose corpse was in the Associated Airlines flight that was taking it alongside family members and others to Akure for the funeral rites before it crashed in Lagos shortly after taking off, was billed for interment today in his hometown in Ondo State.
THISDAhe Agagu’s family in Iju-Odo had ordered that the remains of the former governor be brought to the town for burial today.
The widow, Olufunke, two daughters, and some other members of the family, who arrived Akure safely yesterday on board another chartered flight at 9.13 am, had relocated to Iju-Odo around 1.30 pm.

The state Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ebenezer Alabi, confirmed that the burial would take place today. Until his death, Agagu was a member of the party.
He said the family and the party sympathised with the family of those who died in the crash.
The sudden news of the plane crash initially brought to an abrupt end preparations for the state burial being planned for Agagu in Akure.
The funeral rites planned for yesterday were supposed to take place in three phases.
The state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, top government functionaries and others were billed to receive the remains of the former governor at the airport, while the lying-in -state was scheduled to take place at Democracy Park, Akure, and another for Iju-Odo, where a Christian wake was to take place.

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