Ex-Ondo Governor joins his ancestors

Former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, is dead. He was 65. Eddy Olafeso, former Ondo State Commissioner for Information, said Agagu slumped and died yesterday evening during a meeting at his residence in Lagos.

Another source said the former governor had been sick for sometime now, and had just returned to the country after a medical trip abroad. The source said further that when the traditional ruler of the ex-governor (Orofun 1 of Ijodo, Oba J.T Timola) died about three weeks ago, he could not come for the burial, but only sent condolence message from abroad, even though the late king was his family member.

When contacted last night, the Personal Assistant to the late governor, Sunday Oyepitan said: “I am so devastated. I can’t talk to you right now. He was hale and hearty. He came back from the United States last week.”

In a condolence message friday night, Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, expressed great shock and disbelief over the death of Agagu.

In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, Mimiko described the death as most unfortunate and hard to believe.

“This news, to say the least, is most shocking and very hard to believe. It is most unfortunate and indeed a great loss,” reads the brief statement.

Mimiko prayed God to give the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

Born 16 February 1948, he was Governor of Ondo State from 29 May 2003 until February 2009, when a court voided his re-election as governor on account of electoral irregularities. He was a minister during the Obasanjo administration.

Agagu commenced his elementary education at St. Luke’s Anglican School, (now St. Paul’s Anglican School) Okitipupa, in 1954.

In January 1958, he moved to live with his cousin, Edward Fagbohun in Ibadan, where he continued his primary education at Ebenezer African Church School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. In 1959 he transferred to Kano where he studied at the Ebenezer Methodist School and Baptist Primary School Sabon-Gari, Kano.

He then moved back to Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan where he completed his primary education in 1960. Thereafter, he was in Ibadan Grammar School between January 1961 and 1967 where he passed his West African School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate examinations. He was admitted to the University of Ibadan in 1968 to study Botany but later changed to Geology in which he graduated.

Agagu attended the University of Texas between 1973 and 1974 for his masters degree in Geology.
Returning to Nigeria, he obtained a Ph.D degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Ibadan in 1978.

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