The family of Isiaka Adeleke, a senator who died on April 23, has rejected the coroner inquest instituted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun.
While addressing a press conference on Sunday in Ede, the immediate younger brother of the deceased, Deji, alleged that the outcome of the inquest was predetermined.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Aregbesola had on May 2 signed an executive order setting up a coroner inquest into the death of the senator.
The order was according to the Coroner Law Cap 32 Vol I Law of Osun, 2002.
The family, according to Mr. Adeleke, however, rejected the coroner inquest in its entirety.
“The family, hereby, denounce in its entirety the ill-advised and self-serving coroner inquest ordered by the Osun State Government, purportedly set up to determine the cause of death of our dearly beloved Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.
“We condemn, in strictest terms, the continuous politicisation attempts by the state of this great loss to our family, particularly the ordering of this inquest at a time we are still coming to terms with the harsh reality of his sudden departure and the pain and grief therefrom.
“We have been reliably informed by credible sources that the outcome of the kangaroo inquest is already predetermined by the state.
“It is also 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,” Mr. Adeleke said.
NAN recalls that the Adeleke family had at a press conference on April 26 said that the autopsy result conducted on the deceased was yet to be out.
The late senator, who was buried on April 24, represented Osun West Senatorial District on the platform of the APC.
Mr. Adeleke, who died at 62 years, was also the first civilian governor of Osun between January 1992 and November 1993 on the platform of defunct Social Democratic Party.
In a prompt response, the Osun governemnt said the coroner inquest was the best action to take in such circumstances.
“The attention of the State Government of Osun has been drawn to a press conference purportedly held by the family of the first civilian governor of our state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke where they rejected the Coroner’s Inquest instituted by the Government into the unfortunate and sudden death of our beloved former Governor. This is rather unfortunate,” the state government said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
“As a government, the step that has been taken is the most responsible and the most acceptable standard in any civilized society and in line with the extant law inherited from the colonial days. Therefore, the decision to institute an inquest into this sudden death was not to please or satisfy anyone at all but for the good of our society.
“We are all bereaved and mourning the unfortunate death of one of our illustrious sons and most importantly a former Governor of our dear state. It would not be in the best interest and honour of the departed soul for the government to engage the family on a matter of this nature. It is however apposite to state that the Adeleke Family has right to all the choices open to them just as we are sure this is a matter that is already in the court of public opinion.”
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