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Adeleke's death: Osun waits anxiously for Coroner's verdict

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
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The people of Osun State are now anxiously waiting for what the verdict of the Coroner Inquest set up by the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola to look into the sudden death of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke would be.

Coroner Olusegun Ayilara who is in charge of the inquest, had earlier announced that the sitting would present its final verdict on the 29th of May.

It would be recalled that on the 8th of May, 2017, the Coroner Inquest had began its sitting and summoned those who saw the late Senator last especially the nurse that treated him.

And while the party leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun West Senatorial District, Honourable Amobi Akintola claimed that the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke did not eat anything at the final burial of his grandmother, Balqiz Atoke Salimonu on April 22.

The State Deputy Governor, Mrs Grace Titilayo Tomori said the late Senator actually ate something at the party.

According to Amobi,"late Senator Adeleke arrived at 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.

However in her account, Deputy Governor explained that a woman actually 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 8 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."

Meanwhile the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Teaching Hospital, (Lautech), Professor Akeem Olawale Lasisi revealed the late Senator might have died of over-dose of drugs.

He explained that when the corpse of the deceased was brought to the hospital, he asked for his medical history and was told one person that was neither a doctor nor a nurse injected him with some medicines when he complained of leg pain the day before he died.

Lasisi said the drugs include 5% of dextrose, intravenous fluid glory set, scalp vein needle, 2 ampoules of analgin, 4 ampoules of 10kg of diazepam, 1 ampoule of pentasozine, 1 ampoule of getamacine and Valium which when given in excess dosage could cause reflex collapse and blockage of respiratory system.

He told the coroner that from the look of things and empty ampoules, the late senator was given those drugs in excess.

Also a Consultant Anatomic pathologist from Lautech Teaching Hospital, Dr Olufemi Taiwo Solaja who conducted autopsy on the deceased revealed the late Senator died of drug misuse.

Solaja said the result of toxicology test carried out on the body of the deceased shows abnormally high levels of alcohol, sedatives and analgesics.

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

He however noted that the deceased was not poisoned as speculated as there was no traces of poison or heavy metals recorded in the toxicology report.

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

However, the Nurse who allegedly treated late Senator Isiaka Adeleke for gout the night before he died, Alfred Aderibigbe, denied giving the deceased drug overdose as claimed by the pathologist.

Aderibigbe explained he only diluted the drugs but didn't actually administer all of them on the deceased.

"I broke three out of the four injections I brought to trick him, since he insisted that I gave him all the dosages as against what I saw in the prescription. I only gave him Diazepam 20ml, Analgin 50ml and hydrochloric 200ml.

"Dipo was asked to bring the drugs I used and he brought everything, including the ones I didn't use, that is what people saw and concluded I gave the late Senator overdose."

Following Nurse Alfred Aderibigbe's claims that he didn't really administer all the drugs found in the late lawmaker's room, the police toxicology report was reviewed and it was discovered that Aderibigbe was actually economical with the truth about the quantity of drugs and how it was administered on the deceased before his death.

Aderibigbe had denied administering Gentamicine on the senator while treating him for gout.

The Nurse said he diluted Hydrocortisone in fluid and gave Metamyzole, Diazepam, Pentazocine and Analgin intramuscular to the deceased.

Police toxicology report on the pathological examination carried out on the deceased by Mr. Benedict Agbu, a police forensic expert, however, revealed that Adeleke was administered with Gentamicine before his death.

The report which was admitted as exhibit at the coroner, disclosed that Metamyzole, Diazepam, Pentazocine and Analgin were administered on Adeleke intravenously against Aderibigbe’s claim.

Analyses of the findings in the blood and urine samples taken from Adeleke’s corpse, as contained in the toxicology report proved negative result for the presence of chlorinated hydrocarbon herbicides, organo-paosforous pesticide, rodenticides, metallic poison, cynide and tri-cylic anti depressants.

“Diazepam, Pentazocine, Analgin, Hydrocortisone and Gentamicine were confirmed in the blood and urine samples submitted.

“Metamyzole and its Metabolites 27.2ug/ml, Hydrocortisone 9.25ug/ml, Gentamicin 17.4ug/ml, Pentazocine 4.5ug/ml, Diazepam 12.2 ug/ml, also urine Diazepam concetration 7.1ug/ml.

“Fatalities have been reported at the following blood concentration: Metamyzole (Analgin) 22.0ug/ml, Pentazocin, 1.2ug/ml, Gentamicin 12ug/ml, Diazepam, 5.0ug/ml, hydrocortisone, 3.7ug/ml.

“The presence of alcohol was also confirmed in the blood, urine and gastric content with concentration of 450ug/ml, 215ug/ml and 562ug/ml respectively. The blood concentrations of the drugs are above the levels known to cause fatalities.

“The confirmation of Diazepam, Pentazocine, Hydrocortisone and alcohol with the established concentration in the body of the deceased is capable of producing a fatal Synergetic Hypertensive and respiratory depressive effect. With the route of the delivery (intravenous) of the drugs, the effect will be sudden and capable of occurring in minutes."