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Thursday, October 3, 2013


Governor Segun Agagu
Today is another black day in Nigeria. Some persons are feared dead and several others injured in an early morning air crash at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The crash involved a 20-seater Associated airline jet flying to Akure, Ondo State. The plane believed to be carrying passengers heading for the burial of former Ondo State former governor, Olusegun Agagu crashed on take off.
The plane with 22 people on board suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff in Lagos, crash-landing on the runway, killing 15 people on board, according to the statement by Nigeria’s aviation authorities, FAAN.
The full manifest of the occupants is yet to be released by aviation authorities, but we gathered that an aide of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who also doubles as a son of a prominent Nigerian politician, was on board. So was a director of a popular funeral company in Lagos.

It’s indeed a painful incident; I sympathize with the family of the Agagu. It’s only God that can console them. This abstractly implies Agagu died twice right? Hmmm! RIP to those that lost their lives.

Governor Agagu passed away at the age of 65 on September 13 after suddenly slumping in Lagos and giving up the ghost unexpectedly. A former geology lecturer at the University of Ibadan, he was Ondo State governor between 2003 and 2007 and had just returned from a 20-day trip from the US before his death. Apparently, upon slumping at his meeting in Lagos, Dr Agagu was rushed to a private hospital in Yaba and then later transferred to a military hospital in Ikoyi, where he was pronounced dead.  Ondo State had been planning a massive funeral for him this weekend but now, it is not yet clear if this ceremony will still go ahead.

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