Late Senator Adeleke’s Coroner Inquest Panel Starts as family refuses to obey summon

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[Osun]–The Coroner Inquest Panel set up by the Osun State Government has started proceedings as the family of Adeleke refused to obey court summon.

The Coroner Inquest which is presided over by Chief Magistrate, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara is making the proceeding at the Osogbo High Court, Oke-Fia.

The Executive Director of Biket, Dr. Adenle , Executive Secretary, Hon. Johnson Ojo, Commissional of Police,  and CMD LAUTECH were among those summoned.

The Counsel in the proceeding; Mr. Ganiyu Adesina for Biket Hospital, Osogbo and Mr. Oluseyi Sijuwade for the State.

The Chief Magistrate in his opening remark said,  “this is a coroner inquest into the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke the purpose of this is to conduct investigations into the cause of the sudden death of illustrious son of the State, this is not a criminal court the lawyers will understand but for those who don’t understand, we don’t have accused person here, what we are doing here is enquiries and questions to know why the sudden death of the Senator and come up with a verdict as to why.

“Contrary to the insinuation that is going on in town which we have read about and read on newspapers too; this body is independent and we are appointed to do our work as regarding that.

“We are going to make this work as open as we can to the public and the method I want to adopt is that the lawyers that are here will be able to put questions to the witnesses that we have invited or witnesses that are interested in coming. We have sent for witnesses to come and we will still send for more and anybody that is interested in coming voluntarily can still come in order to give us what they think they know about the event that led to the death of the Senator.

“The purpose of this is to arrive into a conclusion which everybody can be a party and help us to acheive”

“For logistics reasons we shall not be able to take evidence today, we will adjourn the proceeding,” he added.

The counsel to Biket Hospital, Mr Ganiyu Ademola suggested to the court that the witnesses  who will give evidence should be given an opportunity to swear to affidavit in order to ensure fairness, openness and credibility”

An observer, Mr. Laisi Nanfiu inside the court said ” those people who are to be concerned and involved in the inquest are suppose to be pathologist”.

Another person who was summoned is the Executive Secretary of Ede South, Hon. Johnson Ojo who was appointed on Monday 8th May, 2017 two weeks after the death of the Senator.

The Chief Magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara said ” we are going to make and send letters to the Civil Right Organizations, National Woman Rights Commissions, Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Bar Association and all Non Government Organizations we can lay our hands on.

“We have already issue summon to the family of deceased but unfortunately the report I heard is that they refused the order of summon; but we shall make more letter and make sure they are here,” he assured.

Olusegun in his address said, “to the observer, Mr. Lasisi Nanfiu, this court is competent enough to know who to invite.

“The only persons who responded to our summon is the Commissional of Police, CMD Biket Hospital, Executive Secretary and Ede South local government.

“The sitting of this court is hereby adjourn till Monday 15th, May 2017 for proper taking of evidences,” he declared.

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