Mr Alfred Aderibigbe, the nurse who administered the drugs on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke on the day he died, has denied the reports that he gave the late politician an overdose of medications which caused his death.
The nurse defended his actions on Thursday while giving evidence before the coroner inquest set up by the Osun State government to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of Senator Adeleke over three weeks ago.
Aderibigbe, a registered nurse of 25 years who works at the Comprehensive Health Centre Edunabon Town, Ife North Local Government in Osun State as a Chief Nursing Officer, said he had treated the deceased for the past 15 years.
He has been in the eyes of the storm generated by the death of the late Senator Adeleke after being accused of giving the deceased an overdose of medication, a few hours before his death.
Aderibigbe, however, said all the medications he applied on the late senator before his death were in compliance with prescriptions given to him by the deceased.
He said contrary to reports, he only gave the deceased 50mg of analgen and intravenous fluid as well as 10mg of diazepam.
He added that the drugs were usually purchased by the deceased and given to him to keep and administer whenever he feels the pain of the ailment gouty arthritis which the late Senator had since 2009 for which he had been treating him.
He said it was only hydrocortisone that was given to the deceased intravenously, while the diazepam and analgen were given intramuscular.
Aderibigbe said, “On the 23rd of April, 2017, I was in my room in my house at about past 4 am when I heard a loud knock on the door and people shouting, I opened the smaller gate and I saw the campaign vehicle of Senator Isiaka Adeleke and some of his aides informed me that the Senator had been calling me.
“I went back in and picked up my phone and discovered that I had 16 missed calls from Dipo Faborode, his friend, the aides and the late Senator himself. I called back, Dipo picked the call then the senator collected the phone from him and asked me to come over to the house immediately with his injections.”
The nurse said when he got to the house, he met the Senator in serious pains and saw some tablets on the floor along with a bottle of water, indicated that he had already taken some pills before his arrival.
He continued, “I asked him and he said he had to use some tablets and when he was not relieved of the pain, he had to call me.
“He later brought out a prescription after which he asked for the drugs which he gave to me on the 17th of April, 2017 to keep for him when he returned from Lagos. I then asked him to give me the prescription to hold but he refused to give to me. I checked his blood pressure, it was 130/80, temperature 37.4, respiration 26 bit per minute, pulse 86.all vitals were okay.”
According to the nurse, he went to the late Senator’s house with (1) 4 ampoules of diazepam of 10mg each (2) 2 ampoules of 50 mg of analgen (3) 1 mill of pentazozin and 2 vials of hydrocortisone and (4) 2 gentamycin of 80 mgs each.
He said Senator Adeleke had insisted that he should give him 40mgs of analgen, but he refused, saying that will be too much.
“So I broke the other three ampoules of the analgen to make him feel like I was going to use it for him but sincerely, I only used 10mg of analgen and I administered it intramuscular and not intravenous as being said around,” the nurse added.
He said thereafter, Senator Adeleke fell asleep and he went to church, returning around 9:30 am only to, along with Dipo Faborode, find the Senator unresponsive.
He said, “I opened the door to the Senator’s room with Dipo Faborode right behind me. I walked up to the Senator when he did not wave back after I called out his name, “My Gov”, expecting that he would be awake by then. But Dipo suddenly told me that his hand moved, so I called out his name but he did not answer, so I moved close to him and I discovered that he had just very faint breath.
“I quickly rushed to give him first aid of “cardiac massage,” but I noticed that he didn’t respond at all so, we screamed and other aides came in, took the car out and they drove off to Biket Hospital where we were received by Dr Adenle Adebisi and the body of the senator was carried out on a stretcher.
“Afterwards Dr Adenle pronounced him “brought in dead” then everyone began to scream and from then on I became very traumatised; I did not give him an overdose of drugs.”