The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, on Monday said that late Senator Isiaka Adeleke died of an overdose of banned injections.
Lasisi stated this while testifying before the coroner Governor Rauf Aregbesola set up to investigate what must have led to the sudden death of the senator representing Osun-West senatorial district.
LAUTECH CMD, testifying from the witness box explained before a coroner, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, how the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo, Dr Adebisi Adenle, called him on the telephone on April 23 to inform him that Adeleke had died.
Revealing that he saw Adeleke’s corpse on a table at LAUTECH’s morgue, he further explained that a pathologist, one Dr Solaja; two resident doctors, who are also pathologists; the Officer in Charge of Homicide, Osun State Police Command; Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo; and the Consultant Pathologist, LAUTECH, were all present when an autopsy was conducted on the late senator.
He said that one of the aides of the late senator had told him that the deceased complained of leg pain and somebody treated him.
According to Lasisi, Adeleke’s aide who gave him the information also told him that the person who treated Adeleke was not a doctor but did not say if he was a nurse.
Among the injections given to Adeleke according to Lasisi was Analgin, which he said was outlawed when the late Prof Dora Akunyili was the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
“I saw the corpse. Before any process of examination of any diagnosis in medicine, there is what we call history before examination. So, we asked for the person who knew the conditions surrounding the death of the senator. So, the family pointed to one of the aides and the aide said he (Adeleke) was active the previous day and he came at midnight and started complaining of leg pain. So, they sent for somebody who came to give him injections.
“I asked clearly the medical status of the person that administered the injections. I asked, ‘Is the person a doctor?’ but he said no. ‘Is he a nurse’?, he said he didn’t know but the person was a face they were used to.
“He mentioned various injections, so at that point I asked him if he could lay his hands on the empty ampoules of the injections. The family members went home to get them. The injections were five per cent dextrose. We saw empty sachets; it was like a fluid and with it, we saw an intravenous fluid-giving set and scalp vein needle. We saw that empty. We saw two ampoules of Analgin, four ampoules of valium (diazepam) – 10ml each making 40 milligrammes, one ampoule of pentazocine, one ampoule of gentamicin and two ampoules of hydrocortisone.
“All of these were empty and his aide said these were what he was given. He also added that after he had been given, he (Adeleke) called him that he doesn’t want to entertain any visitor and he went to sleep. He (the aide) said he later went back to check him and saw that the senator’s eyes were wide open but he wasn’t breathing.”
Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, who also testified before the coroner, said Adeleke hesitated before he ate three spoonfuls of rice at a funeral ceremony in Osun State, a day before he died.
Aregbesola had set up the inquest to investigate what could have caused the death of the senator following allegations that he was poisoned by his All Progressives Congress (APC) party members at an event in the state.
The family of the decease however said they were not interested in the inquiry into the death of the senator who before his death was aspiring to return as the governor of the state, having first served as the first civilian governor of Osun before the civilian government at that time was thrown out by the military.
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