By Sunday Itodo
Information reaching our desk says that a Chartered Aircraft believed to be carrying the corpse of the Late Governor of Ondo State, Chief Olusegun Agagu and 20 others comprising of his relatives has crashed this morning at Mafoluku, about 3 minutes away from the local wing of the Muritala Mohammed International Aiport, Lagos, close to the section where JET-A1 plane fuel is stored.
A source said only one passenger survived the mishap while some said all the occupants were perished. Meanwhile, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu has confirmed to news men that 11 passengers died while four others have been hospitalized. "There were 20 persons on board the plane at the time it crashed", Femi said.
DayBreak Newspaper exclusively gathered that Dr. Olusegun Agagu’s wife, his son and Chief Olu Falae's first son, Deji Falae have been confirmed dead in the crash.
The remains of the late Governor was being expected in Ondo State today for lying-in-state when the news filtered in. Immediately the news of the crash filtered into Akure, the venue of the lying-in-state for the late governor, Democracy Park, was deserted.
Dr. Olusegun Agagu died on Friday, 13th September 2013, less than twenty hours after returning to the country from a trip abroad. According to his aide, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, the former Governor slumped and efforts to revive him proved abortive. He was aged 65 years.
Born on February 16, 1948 at Okitipupa, Ondo State, he was elected governor of Ondo State from May 29, 2003 until February 2009, when a court voided his re-election on account of electoral malpractices.