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Adeleke: Coroner presents verdict Monday

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo

 One of the friends  of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who was said to be present when he reportedly took ill, Mr. Dipo Faborode, on Monday shunned the summons served on him to appear before the coroner constituted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola to probe the politician’s death.

The coroner, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, had issued a summons on Faborode during the sitting of Thursday.

At the Monday’s proceedings, the coroner asked the bailiff if she was able to serve the summons on Faborode but the bailiff answered in the negative.

However, Ayilara said he would not wait endlessly for those who were served with summons to appear before him but refused to appear.

The coroner noted that though he had summoned 15 persons to appear before him to testify, only 10 of them honoured the summons, but he said he would not force those who refused to show up.

Some of those who refused to appear before the coroner are the siblings of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke; and Mrs. Modupe Adeleke-Sani.

 The coroner said, “Summonses were issued out to a total of 15 persons out of which 10 persons appeared. As a result of the refusal of some witnesses to appear, this court ordered advertisement in some national dailies.

 “I am of the opinion that the five persons that have refused to come up are doing so intentionally. I will not force anybody to appear here and I will not wait till eternity for them. Especially considering that we have a time frame.

“Therefore, I am adjourning the sitting of the inquest till Monday, May 29, 2017 for the presentation of my final verdict. We can’t wait till eternity.”

However, the date falls on a public holiday.

At the last proceedings, the nurse who said he treated Adeleke shortly before he died had told the court that Faborode was present when he started treating the deceased until he was confirmed dead at Biket Hospital on April 23.

Adeleke was active all through April 22 when he attended some social functions in Iwo and Kuta but his sudden death the following morning caused his political associates to allege that he was poisoned in order to stop his political ambition.

The accusation was directed at the state government by many of his sympathisers and Governor Rauf Aregbesola constituted the inquest to probe the cause of Adeleke’s death where the nurse, who treated him, appeared and the pathologist and the reprint of the toxicology ruled out poison as the cause of the death.

The pathologist said the deceased died of drug overdose.

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