Adeleke’s Death: Coroner Ordered Autopsy Not Family – Pathologist
The pathologist who carried out the autopsy on late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Dr. Taiwo Solaja on Friday said the postmortem he carried out was authorised by the police coroner and not Adeleke’s family as being claimed in some quarters.
Solaja made this known at the coroner inquest in Osogbo while being led in testimony by the Senior Legal Officer LAUTECH University Teaching Hospital, Mrs Oyindamola Daramola, and a legal practitioner and observer at the hearings, Mr Bashir Ajibola.
The pathologist said he received a form order for a postmortem to be carried out on the late Adeleke which was signed by Police Coroner, Ajiboye Dorcas Olubunmi, on April 23.
He said another form relating to the particulars of the deceased was also given to him by the Police Division, Dugbe, Osogbo, for him to provide the Force with findings of his examination.
He said at no point was he authorised by the Adeleke family to carry out autopsy on the late senator.
Solaja also noted that as a professional, it was imperative that he submitted the result of the autopsy to the coroner or police and no other person.
He stressed that when the forms for the conduct of the autopsy were served on him, members of the Adeleke family were aware and they understood that it was the police that authorised the procedure.
Solaja subsequently provided the coroner inquest with copies of the results of the autopsy he conducted as exhibits and in compliance with the instruction of the court when he first appeared before it on Tuesday.