Adeleke died of drug overdose, not poison

A Consultant Pathologist has ruled out poison in the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

An anatomic pathologist from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Dr Taiwo Solaja stated this at the Coroner’s Inquest at the Osun State High court

Dr Taiwo Solaja who is also the Lead Investigator in the autopsy conducted on the late Senator said the cause of death was as a result of multiple asphyxiation due to drug overdose.

Solaja explained that excessive intake of alcohol, high sedatives and over dose of drugs may depress central nervous system and cause vomiting

“The asphyxiation was as a result of sedation and gastory contents which choked the Senator.

“The late Senator apparently vomited and aspirated due to the deep sedation. The aspiration of the gastric contents blocked the air ways thus depriving the body of oxygen.

“This showed on the body as a tinge of bluish discoloration and could cause vital centers in the body to shut down, thereby leading to death,”  Solaja said.

Alcohol and sedatives discovered

The consultant pathologist said the report also indicated that there was excessive trace of alcohol and sedatives like Analgin in the body of the late Senator.

He explained that the over dose of drugs which include Analgin, Diazepam, Pentasozine and Getamacine used by the deceased shortly before his death were also responsible.

“There was no trace of poison or heavy metals in the toxicology report and the report showed abnormal high level of alcoholic sedatives and analgesics in the blood of the deceased, he said.

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Doctor Solaja also confirmed multiple drug overdose.

“When we examined the body of the deceased, there was an odour of alcohol around him and his tongue, lips, finger and toe nails had a bluish discoloration. However, there was no external injuries on his body.

“All body cavities were normal and free of excess fluids except the trachea which was reddish as if there was bleeding there, it also contains traces of gastric contents.

“Also, his heart was enlarged double for his age and sex and the ventricle wall was thickened and weighted 2.5 more than expected.

“The tissues were normal apart from the heart which shows hypertrophy and the liver which shows alcohol stereohepatitis.”

The pathologist consequently tendered a copy of the autopsy report which the Coroner Chairman, Magistrate Ayilara marked as exhibit CE2.

It will be recalled that the report, against the wish of late Adeleke’s family was released to the police and presented before the Coroner’s Inquest sitting  in Osogbo.

Police testimonies

The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Dugbe Police Station, CSP Benedict Agbor who testified before the Coroner said he took the custody of the empty ampules of the injections administered on late Senator Adeleke from his family and handed it over to the O/C Homicides.

In his report, the O/C Homicide, Eleta Moses who was also cross-examined said the suspect who administered the injections on the late Senator was still in the police custody.

The suspect alleged to have administered the injections on the Senator, Alfred Aderibigbe who was also brought to the court could not be cross-examined after his lawyer told the court that he was traumatized and would need an interpreter since he could not speak in English.

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The Coroner, Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara adjourned the case till Wednesday May 18, 2017 for further and asked that Aderibigbe be produced.

Adeleke’s family reaction

Meanwhile, the family of late Senator Isiaka  Adeleke has rejected the autopsy report which proved the cause of the late senator’s death to be asphyxiation due to drug overdose.

The family at a press conference in  Ede accused the Chief Medical Director of Lautech  teaching hospital Proffesor Wale Lasisi of conniving with the state government to subvert and manipulate the autopsy report.

Deji  Adeleke speaking on behalf of the family said  “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.”

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.

Deji Adeleke further questioned the contradictory statements allegedly made by some witnesses at the Inquest and threatened that the family was considering all legal options available to address the conduct exhibited by the medical practitioners in the matter.

By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo

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