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Late Isiaka Adeleke’s family kicks as autopsy result shows ‘excessive dose of analgesics, alcohol’


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The family of the late former governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, on Wednesday rejected the outcome of autopsy carried out to establish the cause of his death.

Solaja Olufemi, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy examination on Mr Adeleke, testified before the coroner inquest on Wednesday Osogbo, saying the senator’s death was linked to excessive dose of analgesics, sedatives and alcohol.

Mr. OIufemi who works at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, dismissed claims that the politician was poisoned.

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She said there were no traces of poison or heavy metal in the examined body of the deceased.

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But the immediate younger brother of the deceased, Deji Adeleke, who addressed the press on behalf of the family, expressed reservations with the medical practitioner’s testimony before the coroner.

“We state that as at now, the family has not received the autopsy report and the family will not engage in speculations over it’s contents.

“However, it has come to the knowledge of the family that the chief Medical director of Ladoke Akintola University 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 had been briefed nor the autopsy report released.

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“The family raised eyebrow why and how the result of autopsy which was at the request of the family will thus be released to the police and not the family,” he said.

The family picked holes in what it termed the contradictory statements made by witnesses at the coroner inquest, especially that of the Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori, and a party leader, Alhaji Amobi.

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“We hereby put it on record, that based on the high level of unprofessional conduct already displayed by the CMD of LAUTECH, the integrity of the “yet to be ready” autopsy must have been seriously compromised.

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“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,” he added

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