DIPO DINA: A DREAM SHATTERED WITH BULLETS.
It was on Monday 25th of January 2010, DD as he was fondly called was on his way to his Ikoyi residence after attending a political meeting in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital, he sat at the "owner's corner", in the vehicle was two other persons including his driver. As they approached sango-ota, an unknown vehicle speedily drove past them causing the driver to stop, two armed men came out of the car and ordered the otunba to come down from his SUV. Otunba Dipo Dina being a gentleman alighted from his car, "we have been paid handsomely for your life and we are here to take it"; one of them said, before the otunba could utter a word bullets rained on him, he died on the spot.
Adedipupo Akanni Dina was born on July 15, 1960 into the Dipo Alapo Ekun family of Iyanro, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. He had his secondary education at the Baptist Academy, Lagos, before going on to the University of Lagos where he got his first degree in Accounting and later M.Sc in Finance. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and subsequently founded Dele Dina & Co. and until his death he was the Senior Partner at the accounting firm.
Between 1997 and 1999 Dipo served as the chairman of Ogun State Bulk Purchase Commission where he reportedly donated his salaries and allowances to the School of the Handicapped, in Ijebu Ode.
He ventured into active politics in 2003 and became the Ogun State governorship candidate in the 2007 election after he joined the defunct Action Congress (AC). He was reported to have awarded bursaries to about 400 students in the state annually, and during his governorship campaign in 2007, about four million free exercise books were given to primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state, He founded the ‘Ogunnet’, a non-governmental organisation, to execute his political programmes.
He was brutally killed by unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, his death remains unsolved.
The Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium in Ijebu-Ode was named in his honour by former governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Source: Kufo Tv