Family rejects coroner’s inquest into Adeleke’s death

Posted by News Express | 8 May 2017 | 1,820 times

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•Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

The family of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has rejected the coroner’s inquest set up by the Osun State government to look into the cause of death of the lawmaker.

Addressing reporters at his residence on Sunday, younger brother of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke, noted that the family will not participate in the inquest, alleging that the motives are not pure.

“The family hereby denounce in its entirety, the ill-advised and self-serving coroner’s inquest ordered by the Osun State government purportedly set up to determine the cause of death of our dearly beloved Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

“We condemn in strictest terms, the continuous politicisation attempt by the state of this great loss to our family, particularly the ordering of this inquest at a time that we are still coming to terms with the harsh reality of his sudden departure, as well as the pain and grief thereof.”

Dr. Adeleke wondered why the coroner’s inquest was set up when the report of the autopsy ordered by the family was yet to be delivered.

He stated that the autopsy when ready, must be handed over to the family and not anyone, saying doing otherwise would be “gross professional misconduct.”

“As part of our attempts to reach closure and commence our healing process, the family had earlier ordered an autopsy to be carried out. This is the only scientific and globally accepted means of objectively determining the cause of death and we look forward to the reports therefrom, this is irrespective of the obvious infrastructural and technological limitations of medical laboratories in the country.

“We have been reliably informed by credible sources that the outcome of the ‘kangaroo inquest’ is already predetermined by the state and designed to serve its own interest with distorted facts and misinformation, which will clearly not be in the interest of the good people of Osun in general and the Adeleke’s family in particular.

 “We have therefore as a family, resolved not to participate nor cooperate with the ‘kangaroo styled’ panel set up by the State Government, as the panel was clearly set up to serve the state’s own political interests and ultimate establishment of its own self-serving facts.

“While everyone including any government is entitled to his own opinion, the government inquest is an attempt to create its own ‘alternative facts’. Facts are sacred and the truth is constant, alternative facts are nothing but falsehood. We are therefore compelled to reject the inquest with its predetermined outcome. We also urge the people of Osun to discountenance this kangaroo inquest.

“We wish to reiterate in the strongest of terms that the report of the autopsy ordered by the family must be released to no one else other than the Adeleke family, anything contrary to the conduct by the pathologists will be sanction by law,” the deceased’s brother said.

Senator Adeleke, who died on April 23, 2017, was until his death the lawmaker representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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