Senator Adeleke: Coroner Fixes Monday For Verdict On Autopsy

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The coroner’s inquest set up by the Osun State Government to probe the cause of the death of the first executive governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has adjourned its sittings till Monday, May 29, 2017, for the presentation of its findings.

According to Vanguard newspapers, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, the Coroner, adjourned the sitting yesterday, following the absence of five witnesses who snubbed the coroner’s summons.

Ayilara stated that a total of 15 witnesses were called by the coroner with 10 of them giving evidence on the circumstances surrounding Adeleke’s death.

According to Ayilara, it was obvious that the remaining five witnesses deliberately disregarded the coroner; hence there was no need to continue adjourning for their appearance when the panel had limited time.

Ayilara added that he would not force anybody to appear; neither would he wait till eternity for them.

He thereafter adjourned sitting of the coroner till May 29, 2017, for the presentation of the findings.
The Adeleke family members summoned that refused to appear before the panel included Dr Deji Adeleke, Mrs Dupe Adeleke and Mr Dipo Faborode.

They had refused to appear, declaring the panel as self-serving.

The family at a formal press conference addressed by Deji and attended by other members of the family, condemned the inquest, saying it was premeditated and lacking in need.

Chief Medical Directors of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, LAUTECH and Biket Hospital, Osogbo, Professor Akeem Lasisi and Dr Adebisi Adenle, respectively and a pathologist from LAUTECH, Dr Olufemi Solaja and one Oni Lukman all gave evidence at the coroner’s inquest.

Others who testified include the Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs Titi-Laoye Tomori, who shared a table with the late Adeleke at an event; the Senatorial Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun West District, who hosted the event, Alhaji Yinusa Amobi and Adeleke’s political follower, Olasunkanmi Olaniyi, an engineer, who also hosted another event attended by the deceased.

Also, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, the Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo, Mr Ogunkanmi Gbemileke, the Officer-in-Charge, Homicide, Mr Moses Eleta and Mr Alfred Aderibigbe, a nurse who treated Adeleke before his death appeared before the coroner.

In his evidence, the Consultant, Anatomic Pathologist at the LAUTECH hospital, Solaja ruled out poison as the cause of Adeleke’s death, saying that there was no trace of poison or metal in the toxicology examination.

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