Pathologist Rules Out Poisoning As Cause Of Adeleke’s Death

The pathologist who examined the corpse of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Dr Solaja Olufemi, has said that there were no traces of poison or heavy metal in his body when he died.

This is contrary to the widespread insinuation that the late politician was poisoned at a party he attended shortly before his death.

Solaja, who appeared before the coroner inquest set up by the state government to probe Adeleke’s death following rumours and speculations, on Wednesday stated that the police carried out the toxicology examination on the deceased and the result was given to him to read on May 15, 2017.

Olufemi, who is the Consultant, Anatomic Pathologist at the LAUTECH hospital, said the pathological examination carried out on Adeleke’s corpse revealed that the deceased consumed excessive alcohol and was given an overdose of sedative and analgesic medicines.

The pathologist, who was led in evidence by Mrs Oyindamola Daramola, a Senior Legal Officer for LAUTECH hospital, explained that histology of the tissues from the body of the deceased was normal except for tissues from the heart which showed hypertrophy, adding that the liver showed alcoholic steato-hypatitis.

He said, “Death, in this case, was due to aspiration of gastric content, although the deceased had hypertensive heart disease which could have caused sudden death, but no evidence of such, either grossly or microscopically.

“It is known that excessive alcoholic intake may depress the central nervous system with the blunting of the gas influx. This may also induce vomiting. The deceased was deeply sedated and was given an overdose of analgesic, these drugs are known to cause central nervous system depression.”

The pathologist added, “The toxicology report also showed abnormally high levels of alcohol, sedative and analgesic in the blood of the deceased. There were no traces of poison or heavy metals in the toxicology report. The Nigerian police did the toxicology examination and the result was given to me on May 15, 2017.”

Olufemi tendered a copy of the autopsy report and the court admitted it as exhibit EC3.

He informed the coroner that the copy of the toxicology report was not released to him after reading it.

The Health Assistant, Mr Alfred Aderibigbe, that allegedly treated Adeleke when he was complaining of pains was at the inquest but his evidence was not taken.

Counsel to Aderibigbe, Mr Lekan Alabi pleaded with the coroner to adjourn his evidence to Friday, saying that he was just served the summon of the coroner on Tuesday.

Alabi explained that due to the psychological trauma experienced recently by Aderibigbe, he was not prepared to give evidence before the coroner.

He also made a request an interpreter on the ground that Aderibigbe would give evidence in Yoruba language.

However, the coroner, Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, adjourned the taking of Aderibigbe’s evidence till tomorrow, Thursday.

The Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo, Mr Ogunkanmi Gbemileke, also appeared before the coroner and said that he was given the empty ampules and vials which he later handed over to OC Homicide for examination.

Gbemileke added that specimen taken by the pathologist was given to one CSP Benedict Agbu.

Adeleke’s Death: Coroner Summons Commissioner Of Police

The Coroner overseeing the inquest into the death of the first executive governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has threatened to issue a bench warrant on the commissioner of police in the state and other police officers.

The coroner, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, said he would issue the warrant if they fail to appear before him on Wednesday.

He complained about the failure of the representative of the Commissioner of Police to appear before him for the third time since the police boss was summoned last week.

Meanwhile, there were contradictory testimonies on Monday at the coroner inquest set up to look into the cause of Adeleke’s death.

During the second sitting of the inquest at the Osun State High Court, the alleged host of one of the last social event attended by the late Senator Adeleke claimed he did not eat at his party but the Deputy Governor, Titi Tomori-Laoye, testified otherwise.

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Family Rejects Coroner’s Inquest Into Adeleke’s Death

The family of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has rejected the coroner’s inquest set up by the Osun State government to look into the cause of death of the lawmaker.

Addressing reporters at his residence on Sunday, younger brother of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke, noted that the family will not participate in the inquest, alleging that the motives are not pure.

“The family hereby denounce in its entirety, the ill-advised and self-serving coroner’s inquest ordered by the Osun State government purportedly set up to determine the cause of death of our dearly beloved Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

“We condemn in strictest terms, the continuous politicisation attempt by the state of this great loss to our family, particularly the ordering of this inquest at a time that we are still coming to terms with the harsh reality of his sudden departure, as well as the pain and grief thereof,” he said.

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Dr. Adeleke wondered why the coroner’s inquest was set up when the report of the autopsy ordered by the family was yet to be delivered.

He stated that the autopsy when ready, must be handed over to the family and not anyone, saying doing otherwise would be “gross professional misconduct”.

“As part of our attempts to reach closure and commence our healing process, the family had earlier ordered an autopsy to be carried out. This is the only scientific and globally accepted means of objectively determining the cause of death and we look forward to the reports therefrom, this is irrespective of the obvious infrastructural and technological limitations of medical laboratories in the country.

“We have been reliably informed by credible sources that the outcome of the ‘kangaroo inquest’ is already predetermined by the state and designed to serve its own interest with distorted facts and misinformation, which will clearly not be in the interest of the good people of Osun in general and the Adeleke’s family in particular.

Alternative Facts

“We have therefore as a family, resolved not to participate nor cooperate with the ‘kangaroo styled’ panel set up by the state government, as the panel was clearly set up to serve the state’s own political interests and ultimate establishment of its own self-serving facts.

“While everyone including any government is entitled to his own opinion, the government inquest is an attempt to create its own ‘alternative facts’. Facts are sacred and the truth is constant, alternative facts are nothing but falsehood. We are therefore compelled to reject the inquest with its predetermined outcome. We also urge the people of Osun to discountenance this kangaroo inquest.

“We wish to reiterate in the strongest of terms that the report of the autopsy ordered by the family must be released to no one else other than the Adeleke family, anything contrary to the conduct by the pathologists will be sanction by law,” the deceased’s brother said.

Senator Adeleke, who died on April 23, 2017, was until his death the lawmaker representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.