Four Ondo officials died in the plane crash.
The Ondo State Government welcomed several dignitaries on Saturday as sympathizers thronged in to condole with Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the people of the state over the death of four of the state’s officials in Thursday’s Associated Airline plane crash in Lagos.
The state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Deji Falae; Senior Protocol Officer, Daji Bernard; and two Ondo State liaison officers in Lagos, Esther Alabi and Deji Afolabi, died in the air mishap which had the body of late former governor of the state, Olusegun Agagu, and 20 people on board.
Among the early callers at the Government House on Saturday were representatives of Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, led by Tunji Onileaja; wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi; traditional rulers from Akoko area of Ondo state, led by Akadiri Momoh, the Olukare of Ikare; and the Chairman of the Ondo State League of Imams and Alfas, Hammed Aladesawe.
Others are a former governor of old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua; and the retired Bishop of Akure Diocese, Anglican Communion, Bolanle Gbonigi; among others.
Mrs. Fayemi in her condolence message described the occurrence as unfortunate and prayed that God puts an end to such incidents.
Mr. Momoh, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers in Akoko, also described the incident as shocking and commended Governor Mimiko for deeming it fit to organise a befitting burial for late Mr. Agagu.
In the message of the Redeemed Church head, he commended Mr. Mimiko for taking over the burial ceremony of his predecessor irrespective of party affiliation; and charged him not to relent in his good works for the people. He vowed to continue to pray for the peace and development of the state
Also, Mr. Olumilua, who appreciated Mr. Mimiko for his love and caring heart for the residents of the state, prayed for peace and progress of Ondo State.