Police, not Adeleke’s family ordered autopsy Pathologist

A Consultant Anatomic Pathologist at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, Dr. Olufemi Solaja, who conducted an autopsy on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has said the family of the late politician did not ask him to carry out the test.
Solaja, who appeared again on Friday before the coroner investigating the cause of the death of the late senator, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, said that the coroner (police officer) requested that he should carry out the autopsy and he had submitted the report.
He said the coroner requested for the autopsy through forms B &C dated April 23, 2017 and signed by Ajiboye Dorcas Olubunmi in the presence of Adeleke’s family members.
While being cross-examined by the immediate past Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, who told the coroner that he appeared as an observer, the pathologist said that submitting the autopsy report to the police did not amount to professional misconduct.
The observer, who is presently a commissioner-nominee in Osun State, asked the pathologist, “Were you engaged by the Adeleke family to do the autopsy?” Solaja answered in the negative.
When also asked if he was obliged to submit the result of the autopsy to any other person apart from the coroner, who requested for it, the pathologist also said he was not supposed to give the autopsy report to any other person apart from the coroner.
The evidence of the pathologist is in contrast with the claim of the deceased’s family, who said they were considering a legal option against the Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, for refusing to give the autopsy report to the family despite that they requested for it.
He said, “The family of the deceased should be aware that I was served the forms B and C because they were there when I was given the forms. The person who gave me the history of the deceased was brought by the family in the presence of the Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station.”
Solaja told the coroner that Gentamicin, which was found in the blood and urine samples of the deceased, should not be given without doctor’s prescription.
He also told the coroner that a nurse should not administer injection without doctor’s prescription, while stating that it was not ethical for any doctor to give an open-ended prescription to any patient.
He said the broken ampoules of injection found in the house of the deceased would be presumed to have been administered to him because it was not reasonable to break an injection, which was not supposed to be given to patients.
He tendered the forms B&C and they were admitted and marked CE3 and CE4.
Also, the Official in Charge of Homicide, Osun State Police Command, Mr. Moses Eleta, told the coroner that the police had confirmed the authenticity of the nurse, who admitted drugs to the deceased, Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe.
Eleta read the reply to the letter given to the School of Nursing, Osogbo.
According to the letter, “He said he was aware that the report of the autopsy had been submitted to the police, saying the report had been forwarded to the DPO for his advice.”
But the immediate younger brother of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke, had said on Wednesday that the family had requested for the autopsy but the CMD had refused to give them the report but appears before the coroner.

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