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Tight security as Agagu begins final journey home

By The Citizen

There was a tight security in Iju-Odo, Ondo State, as the final burial rites for the former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, commenced at St Paul Anglican Church on Friday.

Scores of police men were sighted on the Okitipupa-Iju-Odo road, monitoring vehicular movement.

Also sighted were officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Commission.

There was also a heavy security presence at the country home of the late former governor as well as the Manuwa Memorial Grammar School and Iju-Odo Civic Centre, both slated as venues for the reception.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the church was also filled to capacity even as the corpse of the former governor was still being awaited as at the time of filing this report.

After the initial confusion that trailed Thursday's crash of an Associated Airline plane conveying Agagu's casket, some family members and top Ondo State government officials, the family resolved to continue with the burial programme.

At least 13 persons died in the crash while six others were seriously injured.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr. Ebenezer Alabi, had on Thursday announced the decision to continue with the burial programme after meeting with the Agagu's family.

'We have just consulted with the family and they had decided to go ahead with the burial,' Alabi said.