Agagu Buried at a Solemn Ceremony. • Family mourns crash victims  •DNA test begins today. • Mimiko declares 3-day fasting and prayer    •  Two crash survivors still in critical condition

For most of Friday, Iju-Odo town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo stood still, with virtually everybody pensive, as the remains of Olusegun Agagu, former governor of the state was buried after a solemn ceremony at St Paul Anglican Church.
Also yesterday, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, declared a 3-day fasting and prayer in Ondo State following the death of  four state officials and 10 other people in the Thursday ill-fated plane crash in Lagos.
It has also emerged that two of the survivors of the crash are still in critical condition, just as authorities of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital said the Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) test for crash victims would commence today.
Agagu died in Lagos on September 14, while the Associated Airlines aircraft conveying the remains of the former governor to Ondo State for burial crashed few minutes after take off in Lagos on Thursday, killing 14 of the 20 passengers in the plane.
There were speculations that the Ondo State Government was not represented at the burial service yesterday, which some attributed to the death of four Ondo State Government officials in the Thursday crash.
This was further re-enforced during the church service, when nobody was announced as the representative of the governor or called forward for remarks on behalf of the state’s government.
But the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, dispelled the rumour, saying that Senator Boluwaji Kunlere and Hon. Jumoke Akindele represented the state government.
“As I am talking to you, Senator Kunlere is with the governor with the church programme from the event, to give him feedback on the assignment,” Akinmade said last night.
While some residents of Iju-Ado made their way to the St Paul Anglican Church in the town for the funeral service preceding the burial, many other stayed indoor, mourning Agagu and the plane crash victims.
The remains of the late governor was brought into the church auditorium at about 1.50 pm by men of Akure -based Bell Undertakers who were hired after the crash in which the first undertaker hired (MIC) lost some of its workers.
While the service lasted, the church was filled to capacity. Even the tents erected outside the church could not take the crowd.
In his sermon, the Bishop of the Diocese of the Coast, Anglican Communion,  Rt Reverend Joshua Ebunoluwa Ogunele warned people against amassing illegal wealth “because they will leave everything when death comes.”
He advised that people should have faith in God and have the believe that one day they would leave the world.
The bishop noted that human beings blame God when things they do not expect happen “because they are short – sighted.”
President Goodluck Jonathan in a short speech at the funeral service delivered by Caleb Olubolade (Minister of Police Affairs) described Agagu as “an intellectual of great commitment whose impact was greatly felt while in the Ministry of Aviation and later as the Minister of Power and Steel.”
He said the people of the community, the state and the entire Nigeria would miss Agagu “who was greatly respected for his intellectual ability.”
The dust to dust rite for the late governor was performed at about 4.00pm within the premises of the church. To the amazement of many people, Agagu’s widow was able to control her emotion but her daughters burst into tears.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included the Minister of Communications, Mrs Mobola Johnson; former governors Alao Akala (Oyo State); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun State); Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun State);  Segun Oni of  Ekiti State and the Chairman of Energy Group, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim.
In a state broadcast Friday evening, Mimiko said the Associated Airline plane crash had further thrown the state into sadness and mourning adding, “certainly, this is a trying time in the history of our beloved state.”
The Agagu family, even in its own bereavement released a statement yesterday mourning all those who lost their lives in the ill-fated plane crash.
Said the family in the statement: “In deference to all the families who are in bereavement, and out of respect for the memory of the departed, the Agagu family has decided to scale down the details of the funeral to its bearest and basic minimum. Accordingly, the funeral will now be a private family affair, shorn of all the pomp and pageantry of a state funeral.
“It is also instructive to note that the traditional Christian wake was entirely cancelled yesterday (Thursday).The Agagu family deeply commiserates with all the bereaved families and prays fervently for the repose of the souls of all the departed, even as the family continues to remain in close contact with all the families affected by this tragedy.
Meanwhile, two of the survivors of the crash are said to be in a critical condition.
This is just as the authorities of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital said the DNA, test would commence today.
The survivors, Hassan Samson and Taiwo Akintunde are still in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the Emergency Surgical Ward of the hospital.
We visited the ward and was able to see the patients who were all bandaged and were unconscious. The doctors had hooked up electronic monitors to each of the patient to monitor their blood pressure and conditions.
Although the two were wrapped up, they had sustained some burns from the crash and had been treated to reduce the incidence of infection which might worsen their recovery rate and reduce their immunity.
The medical personnel on duty however said the duo had the chances to survive “as they are both fighters,” adding that they would do all in their powers to ensure they do not relapse.
However, the duo of Feyi Agagu (son of Late Olusegun Agagu) and Femi Akinsanya, have since moved to the BT Unit of the LASUTH where they are currently recuperating.
A relative of the duo identified as Dapo Akinsanya said they were moved from the Surgical Emergency Ward because their conditions had stabilized.
Akinsanya said, “Our mood cannot be explained. We are happy and at the same time sad. Happy because of the survivors and sad because of those that died. We still give thanks to God. Femi and Feyi are recuperating very well.”
The revealed that the only female survivor at LASUTH, Toyin Samson, had been moved to the Recuperating Ward.
Samson and another patient who are the only ones in the ward are being looked after by a retinue of nurses. All through the time the reporter was in the ward, Samson did not wake up although the nurses assured she was fine but was merely sedated so that she could rest.
LASUTH officials said the DNA tests would be carried out on all the corpses to determine their identities before being released to their families.
This, was to prevent a repeat performance of the confusion that ensued during the Dana crash where three families fought over one corpse.
The autopsy is coming after the Chief Consultant Pathologist of LASUTH, Professor John Obafunwa, visited the crash site to collect fresh forensics.