Alleged Murder: Court Grants Senator Adeleke’s Nurse N10m Bail

Court Admits Suspect’s Statements In N24bn Police Pension Fraud Case

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Ede, has granted bail to Alfred Aderibigbe, the nurse who treated Senator Isiaka Adeleke, before his death.

Aderibigbe was indicted by the coroner inquest led by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara for allegedly administering overdose drugs on the late Senator before his death.

He was arraigned on Friday, June 8, 2018, and he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge preferred against him.

The presiding Judge, Ayo Oyebiyi, however, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Ilesha prison till June 29, 2018.

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In his ruling, Justice Oyebiyi granted bail to Aderibigbe with N10million and two sureties in like sum.

The Judge said one of the sureties must be a civil Servant not below grade level 10, while one must be a blood relation of the accused person.

He added that the sureties, who must reside in the state, must also provide three years tax clearance and the copy of bail bonds should be deposited with Department of Public Prosecution, Osun State Ministry of Justice.

The bail application was initially filed by counsel to the accused, Soji Oyetayo, on Tuesday. Judge Oyebiyi, then, adjourned the ruling on the bail application till Friday 22nd of June, 2018.

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.

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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.

[Updated]: Tears, Anger As Senator Isiaka Adeleke Is Buried

It has been an atmosphere of tears and anger in parts of Osun State as Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who died in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017, at a private hospital in Osogbo, was laid to rest on Monday.

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Mr Adeleke 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).

Angry supporters of the late Senator, trooped out to express their grief, following the sudden death of the politician by barricading the Osogbo-Gbogan expressway and making bonfires on the very busy road.

While their actions had led to a gridlock, and motorists were forced to use alternative routes, armed policemen, however, moved to the scene and cleared the barricade.

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Ooni Of Ife Mourns Adeleke, Famakinwa, Bakare

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has commiserated with the entire Yoruba race and members of the House of Oduduwa all over the world, over the sudden deaths of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Dipo Famakinwa and Olumide Bakare which occurred within a space of three days.

Oba Ogunwusi described the tragedy as an unpleasant news of bereavement of the prominent.

“It was a rude shock to us at the Royal Court of Ife this morning, to receive the unpleasant news of the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke just two days after we lost a very virtuous son, Mr Dipo Famakinwa, who had tirelessly worked very closely with the Ooni’s Palace.”

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He also expressed sadness over the death of veteran actor, Olumide Bakare popularly called ‘Oluwalanbe’, who had also made colossal contributions to the growth of the globally recognized Nigerian Film Industry called Nollywood.

“The noble efforts of these gentlemen will continue to rank them among our prides forever.

“It is thus saddening that while we were not yet out of the shock of the untimely deaths of Dipo Famakinwa and Olumide Bakare, another big tree fell, our amiable Asiwaju of Ede Kingdom, a Senator of the Federal Republic, Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, who had in the past, meritoriously served us as the first Executive Governor in Osun State.

“This is indeed a trying period for us to have suddenly lost these three giants who were being greatly enjoyed in their various areas of calling especially at this time when they are needed most.

“May their souls rest in peace and may the Almighty God give their immediate families the fortitude to bear the losses as we will all miss and always remember them to have come into this world meaningfully and impactful,” the Ooni said.

We Need Dedication, Hard Work To Win Ondo, Oyegun Tells APC Members

apc-members-at-ondo-rallyThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26, election in Ondo State.

Mr Oyegun told members of the party on Thursday that wrestling power out of the hands of an incumbent government was not an easy task.

“For the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members,” he said.

The Chairman of the APC spoke at the flag-off campaign of Mr Akeredolu held on Thursday in Akure, the State’s Capital, which was attended by prominent chieftains of the party from across Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun explained how important the state was to the Federal Government which it is in control of, emphasising that the state must join the mainstream politics.

The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, urging the electorates to give 90 per cent votes to his party.

“Are you happy with the present government in Ondo state? Do you want change? It is not easy to change. It is very easy to change and remove the present government but it requires hard work and dedication. I am convinced that the 26th of this month November is a day for us.

“I assure you that we in Abuja will support you to ensure that the APC takes over power in Ondo. Just as we will not let you down, please, pick your PVC and let it be ready. Tell your friends, family and other relatives, you need to vote for the APC, as this is the only party that can give you the desired change you are yearning for,” he told the crowd of supporters.

On his part, Mr Akeredolu boasted that the APC in the state would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.

“We are committed to fighting this course. We should work together to ensure victory at the polls come November 26. We have promised that we will create jobs for the youths, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.

“Our workers have not received their salaries in a long while but we will ensure that that becomes a thing of the past if we are elected into power.

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Members of the All Progressives Congress and supporters at the campaign in Ondo

“We will not frustrate the people but will bring smile to their faces.

“Twice this party has called me and twice I have answered the call. It is a call to serve the people and liberate the people of Ondo State and I believe that together we will triumph, with your support.

“Look at the calibre of governors, ministers and party members here. Let us vote right and vote for the APC, the winning party,” the APC candidate appealed.

He noted that as long as the APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states in the south-west, the party must take over Ondo State.

Some of the top party members at the rally were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who represented the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.

Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Professor Cladius Daramola.

Also at the rally were Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Olorumbe Mamora, Sola Iji, Pauline Tallen, and Chief Ayo Akinyelure, Segun Oni, Adeniyi Adebayo, Isaac Kekemeke, Ali Olanusi, Tayo Alasoadura and Ade Adetimehin, Osita Izunaso among others.