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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

More Controversies Trail the Death of Senator Adeleke as Witnesses Give Conflicting Accounts

Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke
Two prominent witnesses that appeared before a coroner in Osun State to unravel the mystery behind the death of Senator Adeleke, have given contrasting accounts indicating loopholes. Audience at the coroner inquest set up by Osun State government, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, were stunned as the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Grace Titi-Laoye Tomori and the Osun West Senatorial Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yinusa Amobi gave contradictory testimonies at the sitting of the coroner on Monday 15/05/2017
Amobi had claimed that Adeleke did not eat anything at the final burial of his grandmother, Balqiz Atoke Salimonu on April 22.
But Tomori who was also at the burial ceremony gave contrary testimonies when she said the late senator ate three spoons of rice at the event.
Amobi said Adeleke attended the burial ceremony in company of about 30 political allies and did not eat anything because what he wanted was not available.
According to him: “Senator Adeleke arrived my party around 4:30pm in the company of 20 to 30 political allies and was served food but the senator didn’t eat because it was poundo yam we made and he preferred semolina. Although he was offered some fish, he didn’t eat that too.

“He also drank the drink he bought which was Remy Martins. Although his friends mixed the drink with coca-cola, late senator Adeleke drank his undiluted. Later the deputy governor, Mrs Grace Titilayo Tomori came and they both sat together before she eventually left the party too.

“Afterwards, I and the late Senator danced before he left around 5:30pm to Engineer Lasun Olaniyi daughter’s wedding at Iwo. That is all I know about his movement on that day.”
Asked if he could say anything about his death, Hon. Amobi said he wouldn’t know. But in her account, the deputy governor said Adeleke actually ate something at the party.
She explained that a woman brought a plate of fried rice mixed with jollof rice which had no meat and was uncovered to the deceased and he ate about 3 spoons.
According to her: “I got to Kuta after 5pm and was received by the late senator Adeleke. Because of that honour, I followed him to the table he sat which had about eight other men.

“A woman later brought a plate of rice and the deceased didn’t want to eat it initially. He was just turning the food around, he later managed to eat 3 spoons before pushing the food aside.
A man also brought a drink but I can’t really remember its name. After giving Hon. Amobi the package I had for him, I left the party and that was all until I heard about the death of the senator the following day.”
In a reaction to the rumour that she was sent there to poison the late senator, Deputy governor expressed how saddened she was by the rumour.
“How can that be? It wasn’t my party and I didn’t cook or serve any food. How can people trivialize the death of such an important person? How can they spread such wicked rumours? I was so devastated when I heard the news of his death.” She added.
Also testifying, the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo, Dr. Adebisi Adenle, told the coroner that the Adeleke was brought to his hospital dead on April 23.
Adenle said late Adeleke was brought to his hospital around 10:15am, he was lifeless and was later pronounced dead. The doctor added that he also advised the family of the deceased to take his corpse to Lautech teaching hospital morgue as Biket has no morgue.
Other witnesses who took stand at the coroner, were the chief medical director of LAUTECH TCH, Dr Akeem Olawale-Lasisi, who said a number of drugs were intravenously administered on the deceased in excesses, including an outlawed drug, called Analgin, and the doctor of a private hospital where Late Adeleke was formally pronounced dead, Dr Adebisi Adenle.
The controversy and unrest that trailed the death of Senator Adeleke death, informed the setting up of the inquest by the state government, which his family members have vowed to not participate in.
Meanwhile, a correspondent gathered that the coroner has summoned the pathologist who conducted autopsy on the body of the late Adeleke and the state Commissioner of police to appear before it on Tuesday.

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