Family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has accused the Osun state government of politicizing his death to score political points
The family rejected the coroner inquest instituted by the state government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
The late Senator’s immediate brother, Deji Adeleke, addressing a news conference on behalf of the family in Ede, say the outcome of the coroner inquest is already known.
The coroner inquest, according to him was set up to distort and mislead members of the public on the death of the senator.
He said, “The family hereby denounces in its entirety the ill-advised and self-serving coroner’s inquest ordered by the Osun State Government purportedly set up to determine the cause of death of our dearly beloved Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
“We condemn in strictest terms the continuous politicisation attempt by the state of this great loss to our family, particularly the ordering of this inquest at a time that we are still coming to terms with the harsh reality of his sudden departure and the pain and grief therefrom.
“As part of our attempts to reach closure and commence our healing process, the family had earlier ordered an autopsy to be carried out, this is the only scientific and globally accepted means of objectively determining the cause of death and we look forward to the reports therefrom, this is irrespective of the obvious infrastructural and technological limitations of medical laboratories in the country.
“We have been reliably informed by credible sources that the outcome of the ‘kangaroo inquest’ is already predetermined by the state government and designed to serve its own interest with distorted facts and misinformation which will clearly not be in the interest of the good people of Osun in general and the Adeleke family in particular.
“We have therefore as a family resolved not to participate nor cooperate with the kangaroo-styled panel set up by the state government, as the panel was clearly set up to serve the state’s own political interests and ultimate establishment of its own self-serving “ facts.” While everyone including any government is entitled to his own opinion, the government inquest is an attempt to create its own “alternative facts.” Facts are sacred and the truth is constant, alternative facts are nothing but falsehood.
“We are therefore compelled to reject the inquest with its predetermined outcome. We also urge the people of Osun to discountenance this kangaroo inquest.
“We wish to reiterate in the strongest of terms that the report of the autopsy ordered by the family must be released to no one else other than the Adeleke family. Anything contrary to the conduct by the pathologists will be sanctioned by law.”
The senator died last April 23 at a hospital in Osogbo, the state capital, and the death was greeted with violent protests in his hometown in Ede and Osogbo.