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Adeleke: Coroner threatens to arrest police chief, DPO

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The coroner, investigating the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, has threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the Officer-in-Charge of Homicide, Osun State Police Command, as well as the Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo, if the duo refuse to appear before his court on Wednesday (today).

Ayilara issued this threat during the sitting of the panel on Tuesday due to the failure of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, to appear and give evidence as scheduled.

The police commissioner was represented during the first sitting of the coroner but did not show up on Monday.

However, the Officer-in-Charge of the police legal department, Mr. Abbas Haruna, said the CP could not appear before the coroner due to an urgent official assignment.

“We are not aware that the coroner has started sitting. We were on an official assignment in Abuja and we came on Sunday. Now that we are aware, I assure the court that tomorrow, the officer concerned must come to testify on what they know as regards the issue we are being called to testify on,” Haruna stated.

Although the pathologist, who carried out the autopsy, the O/C Homicide, the DPO, Dugbe Police Station; Lasun Olaniyi, one Lukman, (Engr.) Oni and Alfred Aderibigbe were summoned by the coroner during Monday sitting, Ayilara threatened that he would order the arrest of the police officers if they refused to appear before him on Wednesday.

The coroner, who expressed his frustration on the issue of those shunning the court, restated that there was no accused person and he had no power to force any testifier to say anything they did not wish to say.

He said, “We need to explain this again, nobody is on trial here. I don’t have the power to force you to say what you don’t want to say.

“The DPO, Dugbe, the O/C, Homicide, were said to be there (present) during the autopsy and that they identified the body of the late senator. I just want to ask them that. I don’t even need your forensic man (police forensic expert).

“If they don’t come, I will assume that they are frustrating us. This is the second week. We were given three weeks and we want to use next week to conclude it.

Mr. Haruna, ensure that they are here tomorrow. If they are not here, I will issue a warrant. I am serious.”

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