Adeleke’s Death: Pathologist Rules Out Poison as Cause of Death, Attributes Death To Drug Overdose

May 17, 2017


 The lead pathologist,Dr Taiwo Solaja  who carried out autopsy on the body of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke on Wednesday told the Coroner Court that no traces of poison was found in the system of the deceased when it was examined.
Solaja  while giving evidence before the Coroner, Chief Magistrate Olusegun , said the autopsy carried out by him and two other pathologists from Lautech hospital revealed that the late Sanator died of “aspiration of gastric content due to multiple drug overdose”.
He said the autopsy carried out by him and his team was performed in the prescence of the Police DPO of Dugbe Police station, Osogbo, Prof. Adewole of chemical pathology of Lautech and the hospital CMD.
He said before the autopsy, he gathered from one of the deceased family member, one Mrs Modupe Adeleke-Sani that the late senator  complained of pains in the kneels, inability to sleep and that some drugs where administered on him.
He said after examination was carried out on the deceased body, it was discovered that the drugs which were administer on him in excess quantity caused his dead as his breathing was blocked as a side effect.
“Aspiration of the gastric content blocked his airwaves through depriving the body of oxygen which was also evident on the bluish discolouration shown on some parts of the deceased body.”
He said earlier when he ask the family member of the deceased to present the used 

containers of the drugs administered on him, it was discovered that Analgin injection (a ban drug),  Diazepam injection, pentasozine injection, gentamicin and hydrocortisone drugs were given to him.

He said the side effect of most of the drugs given to the deceased  includes drowsiness,  vomiting and cardiovascular collapse which resulted to blockage of his breathing.
He said though the deseased had hypertensive heart decease, which could have caused sudden death, there was however no evidence of such from the result of the autopsy.
He equally said the police toxicologist report which was presented to him,  after samples were taken, showed abnormally high level of alcohol, sedative and Analgin in the blood of the deceased, but no traces of poison and metal was found.
The two police witnesses, Dugbe Police Station DPO and OC Homicide, told the  Coroner what they witness during the autopsy and said the empty bottles and injections of the drugs given to the deceased were in the police custody.
When Mr Aderibigbe Alfred, the nurse that administered the drugs on Adeleke was called, his defence counsel, Lekan Alabi pray the court to allow his client appear on Friday, saying the summon for him to appear was only served on him on Tuesday that he needed time to prepare himself.
The Coroner, however did not grant the prayer of Alfred’s counsel saying Alfred should appear before the court tomorrow (Thursday), that 48 hours was enough for him to prepare thereby adjourning the hearing till Thursday.

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