20 Aspirants Battle To Replace Adeleke In Senate

No fewer than 20 aspirants have expressed interest to occupy the vacant seat in the Red Chamber following the demise of the late senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, the Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on April 23, 2017.

The scramble for the vacant seat rather became more pronounced as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fixed the bye-election for Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The electoral body, made the announcement through its Administrative Secretary, Osun State, Barrister Ademusire E A.

“Consequent upon the provisions of the enabling statutes that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by National Assembly be conducted within 30days upon the declaration, the bye-election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday 8th July 2017.”

According to the timetable, June 15 would be the last day for submission of forms, June 22 for publication of forms, June 30 for submission of names and addresses of party agents and July 6, the last day for the campaign by political parties.

Channels Television gathered the names of politicians battling for the seat from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), as well as those from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Among them are the ex-official of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Akintola Omolaoye, the State Secretary of APC, Ayobami Salinsile, younger brother to the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Tiamiyu Bello, Mr. Tijani Adekilekun and Alhaji Sule Alao for the APC.

Those who are contesting under the umbrella of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), are former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adejare Bello, Hon. Bamidele Sallam, Hon Ajibade Falade, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, retired Colonel Olayiwola Falabi, among others.

Meanwhile, there are diverse positions among the APC members in the 10 local governments that constitute the senatorial district.

While some are making case for Adeleke’s family, clamoring for retention of the ticket in Ede, the late senator’s hometown, to compensate the Adeleke’s family and his kinsmen, others are of the opinion that the contest for the seat within the party should be thrown open for everyone.

It is against this backdrop that the party leadership in the state set up a committee at the instance of the chairman of the party in the state, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, to come up with the option that will be in the best interest of the party and the people of the senatorial district.

READ ALSO: INEC Fixes Date For Election To Replace Adeleke

INEC Fixes Date For Election To Replace Adeleke

Presidency Sends 27 REC Nominees For Senate ConfirmationThe Independent National electoral commission (INEC) has fixed July 8 to run a by-election to replace late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

Following the demise of the late senator representing Osun West Senatorial district, no fewer than 20 aspirants have expressed interest in occupying the vacant seat in the Red chamber.

The electoral body, through its Administrative Secretary, Osun State, Barrister Ademusire E A, released the timetable for the election.

“Consequent upon the provisions of the enabling statutes that bye elections to fill the declared vacant seat by National Assembly be conducted within 30 days upon the declaration, the bye election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday 8th July 2017.”

Read Also: Senator Isiaka Adeleke Dies At 62

Senator Isiaka Adeleke, aged 62, died on April 23 at Biket hospital in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He was the first civilian Governor of Osun State and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While controversy trailed his death, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said it was imperative to investigate the cause of the tragic occurence by setting up a coroner inquest.

Read Also: Family Rejects Coroner’s Inquest Into Adeleke’s Death

The family of the late Senator however, rejected the coroner’s inquest, alleging that the motives were not pure.

A former governor of Osun State and the first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, is among those who expressed grief over the demise of the senator.

The former governor said Senator Adeleke died at the prime of his political career, adding that he was a young vibrant statesman of Osun State whose death would remain a shock to political elders for a very long time.

Adeleke’s Death: We Paid For Autopsy Not Government – Family Insists

The family of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has insisted that they took their brother to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology for autopsy.

They faulted the claim by the Chief Pathologist of LAUTECH, Dr Taiwo Solaja, that the late senator’s family is not entitled to the autopsy report on the grounds that it was his boss and Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Professor Akeem Lasisi, that gave the instruction to conduct the autopsy and not the family.

The Chief Pathologist, Dr Taiwo Solaja, had, on May 19, 2017, told the coroner inquest instituted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola to determine the cause of the death of Adeleke, that it was unethical to submit the autopsy report to the Adeleke family.

READ ALSO: Adeleke’s Death: Coroner Ordered Autopsy Not Family – Pathologist

He said it was not the family who ordered for it but the coroner, under the instruction of the Chief Medical Director.

The immediate younger brother of the late senator, Dr Deji Adeleke in a press statement issued in Osogbo, the Osun State capital expressed the family’s dissatisfaction with the manner in which the autopsy report was handled by the pathologist and the hospital authorities.

They described the claim as complete falsehood, unjustifiable, unethical, unprofessional and utterly ridiculous.

He also lamented that LAUTECH Teaching Hospital had refused to release the remaining sample of tissues removed from the body of the late senator for the conduct of the autopsy that would have helped the family seek the conduct of a second autopsy from an ethical, professional and non-political medical facility outside Osun State.

Dr. Adeleke, who insisted that the family reserved the right to be given the autopsy report, claimed that they were the ones that took the body of the late senator to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and requested that an autopsy be conducted after paying cash for the exercise.

According to him, a representative of the family, Mrs Dupe Adeleke-Sanni, signed an authorisation letter on behalf of the family.

He lamented that the hospital authority did not issue any receipt for the payment because it was on a Sunday.

He said despite that, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Lasisi, promised to issue the receipt on Monday, but the family is yet to receive it.

Adeleke insisted that the family ordered for the conduct of the autopsy from the Osun State Government-owned LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, as an institution and not from the Chief pathologist, Dr Taiwo Solaja.

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.

Adeleke’s Family Rejects Autopsy Result, Considers Legal Action

The family of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke says it is consulting lawyers and considering all legal options available to address alleged unprofessional conduct by the medical practitioners at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital.
The younger brother of the deceased, Dr Deji Adeleke, said this while addressing journalists over the statements made about the autopsy by the Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH, Professor Wale Lasisi, when he appeared before coroner inquest.

Doctor Adeleke faulted the decision of the LAUTECH CMD to furnish the inquest with the details of the autopsy report without first giving a copy of the report to the family which ordered the autopsy in the first case.

He added that even after the CMD had told the coroner the cause of Senator Adeleke’s death, no copy of the report was given to the family.

Doctor Adeleke said, “We state as at now, the family has not received the autopsy report and the family will not engage in speculations over its contents.

“However, it has come to the knowledge of the family that the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, on May 15, 2017, appeared before the Kangaroo Inquest set up by the Osun State Government and gave evidence of the cause of death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, when neither the family has been briefed nor the autopsy report released.”

According to him, this is despite the promise by the CMD that the autopsy report will get to the family on May 15.

He said, “On the 9th of May, 2017, the family requested the autopsy report after the expiration of the agreed two weeks’ period for completion of same. The CMD, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, who claimed to be away in Abuja at the time, confirmed that the Autopsy report was ready and that a copy was with the Chief Pathologist at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital.

“Alarmed at such a position, the family queried why a copy given to the family that ordered the autopsy was only conducted at the Nigeria Police Forensic lab in Lagos. The CMD then promise to send a copy of the Autopsy Report to the family upon his arrival from Abuja on Monday, May 15th, 2017.

“The family waited all day on the said Monday for the CMD to revert as promised to no avail. The family then called the CMD at 5:14 pm of the same Monday, 15th May, 2017, to remind him to send the autopsy as promised. The CMD changed the story again, saying that the report was not ready.

“When asked by the family for when the report will be finally ready, he responded, ‘As soon as possible’.

“Unknown to the family this same CMD had already appeared and testified under oath before the Osun State Inquest earlier the same day where he testified conclusively that the cause if the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke was as a result of ” banned injection overdose” given to him, relying on 3rd party “here say” instead of a forensic Toxicology report.”

As a result, Doctor Adeleke said the family has rejected the report and would take necessary action.

“The Adeleke family hereby puts it on record, that based on the high level of unprofessional conduct already displayed by CMD of LAUTECH, the integrity of the “Yet to be ready” autopsy must have been seriously compromised,” he said.

“Finally, the Adeleke family is consulting lawyers and is considering all legal options available to address this unfortunate and unprofessional conduct exhibited by the medical practitioners in this matter.”

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.

READ ALSO: Adeleke’s Death: Witnesses Give Contradictory Testimony

Adeleke’s Death: Witnesses Give Contradictory Testimonies

The Coroner inquest into the death of the first executive governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, admitted evidence on Monday at its second sitting at the Osun State High Court.

The State Deputy Governor, Titi Tomori-Laoye; the Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo; and the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital were among those at the inquest.

While the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun West Senatorial District, Amobi Akintola, claimed that the deceased did not eat anything at his grandmother, Bilikisu Salimonu’s burial on April 22, the Deputy Governor who represented the State Governor at the event, said in her witness account that she saw the late Adeleke eat a plate of food.

Also giving an account of the incident, the CMD of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Professor Wale Lasisi, said several drugs were retrieved from one of the relatives who was at the hospital.

He further disclosed that some of the drugs discovered to have been administered on the late Adeleke on the morning of his death included two ampules of Analgin, four ampules of Diazeparm of 10mg each, one Pentazozim and one ampule of Gentamicin and two ampules of Hydrocortisone.

Meanwhile, the coroner has summoned the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the body of the Late Isiaka Adeleke and the police to appear before it on Wednesday.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Low Turnout Stalls Inquest

SynagogueLawyers and interested parties failed to turn up for the Lagos State Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja, into the cause of the collapsed guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

A situation that showed that judiciary activities is yet to commence in full force in Lagos although the judiciary workers strike is over.

This consequently led the court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, to adjourn till Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for continuation of hearing.

Before fixing the date, Chief Magistrate Komolafe had expressed the court’s determination to see to the end of the matter in two weeks’ time.

He urged lawyers and interested parties not to deploy delay tactics as proceedings continue.

The magistrate also announced that the remaining days in the week would be used to give interested parties the opportunity to view the CCTV footage already before the court.

The strike earlier embarked upon by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), had frustrated the adjourned sitting of the court.

The building, a guest house in the premises of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, collapsed on September 12, 2014, leaving over 80 persons dead.

After the collapse, the Founder of the church, Prophet T.B. Joshua, released a video that showed an aircraft flying over the building several times before its collapse.

The Nigerian President visited the Synagogue Church and the scene of the incident. He promised that the incident would be investigated.

Synagogue: Magistrate Dismisses Application Seeking Suspension Of Inquest

Synagogue building collapseThe Coroner probing the September 12 Synagogue building collapse, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, has dismissed an application seeking a temporary suspension of the inquest.

Komolafe, while dismissing the application, described it as an abuse of court processes.

The Founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, filed the application asking Komolafe to put on hold further inquisition into the cause of death of the victims of the collapsed building.

No fewer than 116 persons lost their lives while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the tragic incident.

Joshua’s application for stay of proceedings dated November 11, 2014 came on the heels of an application he had filed before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

In the said application before Justice Lateefat Okunnu, Joshua asked for a judicial review of the coroner’s proceedings, which began on October 13.

Among others, he had asked the High Court to determine whether the witness summons served on him to appear before the coroner to give testimony was not a violation of his right.

He further contested that the coroner had been extending his inquisitions into areas beyond its statutory purview.

According to Joshua’s lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, the duty of the coroner was limited to determining what killed the victims of the collapsed building and nothing more.

Ojo argued that it was beyond the scope of the coroner to delve into the questions of what was responsible for the collapse of the building itself.

According to Ojo, it was not the duty of the coroner to inquire into issues bordering on building approval, soil and/or material tests of the collapsed building.

He had therefore asked the coroner to suspend further inquisitions till when Justice Okunnu would rule on the issues raised.

Ruling on Joshua’s application on Wednesday, Komolafe held that it was an abuse of court processes.

The Coroner said that since there were no parties such as applicants and respondents or plaintiffs and defendants in the coroner’s court but only witnesses and interested parties, Joshua had no premise upon which to bring the application for stay of proceedings.

Komolafe added that granting such request would amount to him acting beyond his statutory power.

The Coroner held further that the application for stay of proceeding did not conform with Order 40 Rule 6 of the Lagos State Civil Procedural Rules, 2012.

The coroner upheld the argument of Lagos State Government that filing an application before a higher court did not automatically amount to an order to stay proceedings at the lower court.

Komolafe held, “From the order made by the High Court of Lagos State, there is no part wherein it was stated that the proceedings of the Coroner should be stayed as provided for under Rule 40 Order 6, paragraph (a) of Lagos State Civil Procedural Rule, 2012.

“It is for this reason of avoiding this kind of abuse of processes of the court that the lawmakers provided for Order 40 Rule 6, paragraph (a) of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedural Rules, 2012 for cases of judicial review.”

Komolafe held that if Justice Okunnu had intended to give an order to restrain the proceedings of the Coroner Court, she would have done it at the point when she gave Joshua the leave to ask for a judicial review of Coroner’s inquest.

He, therefore, adjourned till Friday, December 12, 2014 to proceed with the inquest.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Police Say Controlled Demolition Possible

Synagogue The Nigerian Police say that the Synagogue six-storey building could have been felled by a technique known as controlled demolition.

The Homicide Department of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos, has explained that controlled demolition is when a building is felled using a chemical or electronic device.

The Head, Homicide Investigation and Crime Scene Management, DSP Olusola Agoyi, who was testifying at the resumed sitting of the Coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, probing the cause of the September 12 tragedy, said that the speed and the rate at which the Synagogue building caved in, coupled with some dust-like smoke that followed were peculiar elements seen only in a building felled by controlled demolition.

The investigator said that it was not impossible for a saboteur to have disguised into the church premises as a lodger or a visitor.

The Coroner, Magistrate Komolafe, was however not impressed with the level of investigation done. He, therefore, instructed the Police to do a proper investigation as he would be called back to testify.

The representative of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Bede Ogbeya, in his report, stated that the result of the test carried out revealed that the site had compressive strength and surface hardness value below the minimum standard requirement.

As the proceedings continued in the court room, a large crowd had gathered outside the court to wait for the arrival of the church founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, but he was no where insight and the Coroner was again disappointed that the Prophet was not in court.

He, therefore, adjourned due to a malfunction of the recording device till Friday, November 21, warning that if Joshua still failed to show up, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

It was still unclear why the prophet did not show up in court and if he eventually would.

Synagogue Building Collapse: S.Africa To Send Special Envoy To Nigeria

Synagogue building collapseSouth Africa is sending a high level governmental team to Nigeria with regard to the repatriation of the bodies of their citizens who died in the Synagogue Guest House collapse in September.

Addressing a post-cabinet press conference in Cape Town and via video link to Pretoria on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency and the special envoy leading the visiting delegation, Mr Jeff Hadebe, said that the purpose of the visit was to meet with the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government first-hand, with a view to expediting action on the repatriation of the bodies.

More than 80 South Africans are believed to be among the 116 people who died in the Synagogue building collapse.

DNA matching is said to still be ongoing at a laboratory in Stellenbosch, in South Africa.

Court fixes 28 September for ruling on inquest into Dana crash

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday fixed Friday, 28 September for ruling on a suit filed by a non- governmental organisation, Civil Aviation Round Table Initiative seeking to stop the coroner’s inquest into the Dana air crash which occurred in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on 3 June.

The presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang will on that day rule on a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by the NGO and its president, Captain Dele Ore seeking to restrain the Lagos coroner from further adjudicating on the inquest into the crash.

Justice Abang fixed the date after entertaining arguments from parties to the suit. He stressed that he would rule on the motion subject to availability of judicial time.

The judge also turned down an application filed by Access to Justice (AJ) seeking to be admitted into the matter as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court).

AJ had hinged the application on the ground that it intended to assist the court in reaching a just and effectual determination on the questions of law constituting the central issues in the matter.

But Justice Abang ruled that the application was strange, saying “If the court needs amicus, I will invite them myself and not them coming on their own.

“The application is strange and it is hereby struck out,” he ruled

The court also adjourned an application filed by Olisa Agbakoba and Associates in conjunction with others seeking to be joined as interested parties.

Justice Abang held that the application was not ripe for hearing in that some of the parties to the matter were yet to be served.

Mr Agbakoba, Femi Falana and others were the ones that wrote the petition which kick-started the Coroner inquest.

According to the suit, The NGO and its President, Captain Dele Ore are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction and an order nullifying the proceedings of the Coroner inquest.

The applicants are further contending that the coroner lacked the power to adjudicate on inquest into an air accident.

Joined as defendants are Dana Air with the head of the Coroner Court, Oyetade Komolafe, the Lagos State Chief Coroner, the State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Philips and the Attorney-General of the State, Ade Ipaye.

Other defendants are the Ministry of Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), and the Nigeria Airspace Management Authority (NAMA).

The Lagos State Government through its lawyer, Akinjide Bakare had vehemently opposed the motion for interlocutory injunction on the ground that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter because the plaintiffs lacked the locus standi to institute the action.