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Osun coroner begins sitting, Adeleke family shuns panel

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The Coroner inquest ordered by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to probe the cause of death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has started sitting in Osogbo on Wednesday.

The siblings of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke; Mrs. Dupe Adeleke-Sani and Dele, however, shunned the panel headed by a Chief Magistrate, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, despite the summon issued to them to appear before it on Wednesday.

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye; the Executive Director of Biket Hospital, Dr. Adebisi  Adenle; the Executive Secretary, Ede South Local Government, Mr.  Johnson Ojo, were present at the sitting based on the summon issued by the coroner.

The counsel for Biket Hospital, Mr. Ganiyu Ademola, suggested to the panel  that  witnesses  who would give evidence should be made to swear to an oath.

The coroner said the panel invited the family of the deceased but they did not turn up. He stated that they would issue another summon to make sure they were present during the subsequent sittings.

The chief magistrate said the panel would be open to everybody and asked interested persons in the case to come.

He 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 the illustrious son of the state. This is not a criminal court and the lawyers will understand this.

“We don’t have accused persons here. What we are doing here is to ask questions to know why the sudden death of the senator and to come up with a verdict.”

“Contrary to the insinuations that is going on in town which we have read about and read in 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 someone to some witnesses to come and we will still send 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.

“We have already issue a summon to the family of the deceased but unfortunately the report I heard is that they refused the order of summon; but we shall write more letters and make sure they are here.

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

Aregbesola had, on May 2, signed an executive order setting up a coroner inquest into the senator’s death. The order was according to the Coroner Law Cap 32 Vol. I Law of Osun, 2002.

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