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Adeleke’s family alleges compromise of medical experts

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Late Adetunji Adeleke
By Toye Faleye
The family of the late Isiaka Adeleke has alleged that both the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Professor Akeem Lasisi, and the Chief Pathologist of the same institution, Dr Taiwo Solaja, who carried out an autopsy on the deceased senator, have been compromised in the efforts of the family to find cause of the death of their son and brother. They described the conducts of both Lasisi and Solaja as unethical, unprofessional and utterly ridiculous.

In a press release issued with regards to this allegation and signed by Mr. Deji Adeleke, the family also decried non accessibility to the report of the autopsy and the remaining sample of the tissues taken from the body of their late son by LAUTECH. The remaining sample of the tissue, according to the family, would have enabled them seek the conduct of a second autopsy from a neutral medical facility.

The family did not also have faith in the Coroner Inquest organized by the Osun State Government, where in the press conference addressed on May 6, it had stated that it would not participate nor co-operate with the body, because the report of the inquest was already pre-determined and designed to serve government’s interest.
The family on May 9 had requested for the autopsy after the expiration of two weeks period for the completion of the same after which Lasisi told the family that the report was in the custody of Osun State Police Command, while another copy was with Solaja.

According to the family, when Lasisi was questioned on why the report was given to Police and no copy given to the family, he was said to have changed the story saying, the autopsy was conducted at the Nigerian Police Forensic Laboratory in Lagos.

The family also stated that it was not happy that Solaja told the Coroner Inquest on May 19 that the it was not entitle to the autopsy report, because it was the Chief Medical Director that gave him (Solaja) an instruction to carry out the autopsy, which the family said was a lie.

Earlier, the deceased body had been taken to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, with a written letter signed by one Mrs Dupe Adeleke-Sanni, requesting that an autopsy be conducted. However, no receipt, according to the family was issued to that effect.

The family said it had maintained that it would not fight anyone over the passing of their son, but only desired to know the cause(s) of his sudden death, which informed the ordering of the autopsy by the family.

However, taking solace in God, the family has stated that it would rest its case and leave everything to God for now.

 In its report, Solaja has attributed the cause of Adeleke’s death to “multiple aspiration” or choking due to drug overdose. In addition to drug overdose, Solaja stated that his team also found excessive alcohol, sedatives, and painkillers such as Diazepam and Analgin in the body of the late senator.

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