By Gbenga Gbelee
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
(LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Osogbo,Osun State, Professor Abdulakeem Lasisi, on
Monday (15 th May) said that late Senator Isiaka Adeleke died of an overdose of banned
Prof Lasisi stated this while testifying before the coroner set up by the Governor of Osun
State; Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to investigate what must have led to the sudden death of the
Senator representing Osun-West senatorial district in the National Assembly.
The LAUTECH CMD who testified from the witness box explained before a coroner, Mr
Olusegun Ayilara, how the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo; Dr Adebisi
Adenle, called him on the telephone on Sunday, April 23rd to inform him of the demise of
Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.
Revealing that he saw Sen. Adeleke’s corpse on a table at the morgue of LAUTECH, Prof.
Lasisi further told the coroner that a pathologist, Dr Solaja, two resident doctors, who are also
pathologists, the Officer in Charge of Homicide, Osun State Police Command; Divisional
Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo; and the Consultant Pathologist, LAUTECH,
were all present when an autopsy was conducted on the late senator.
He said that one of the aides of the late senator had informed him that the deceased
complained of leg pain and somebody treated him.
According to Prof. Lasisi, Sen. Isiaka Adeleke’s aide who gave him the information also told
him that the person who treated the deceased was not a doctor but did not say if he was a
Among the injections given to Sen. Adeleke according to Prof.Lasisi was Analgin, which he
said was outlawed when the late Prof Dora Akunyili was the Director General of the National
Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
He emphasised that the medical history of the late Lawmaker and Osun gubernatorial hopeful
showed that he was active the previous day and he returned home at midnight and started
complaining of leg pain.
An aide who gave details of the deceased’s last events before his sudden demise said they
sent for somebody who came to administer injections.
Prof Lasisi, in his testimony made it clear that the person who injected the deceased was not a
medical doctor and they were not sure whether he was a nurse or not.
“He mentioned various injections, so at that point I asked if he could lay hands on the empty
ampoules of the injections. The family members went home to get them. The injections were
five per cent dextrose. We saw empty sachets; it was like a fluid and with it, we saw an
intravenous fluid-giving set and scalp vein needle. We saw that empty. We saw two ampoules
of Analgin, four ampoules of valium (diazepam) – 10ml each making 40 milligrammes, one
ampoule of pentazocine, one ampoule of gentamicin and two ampoules of hydrocortisone.
“All of these were empty and his aide said these were what he was given. He also added that
after he had been given, he (Adeleke) called him that he doesn’t want to entertain any visitor
and he went to sleep. He (the aide) said he later went back to check him and saw that the
senator’s eyes were wide open but he wasn’t breathing.
Deputy Governor of Osun state, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori who sat with the late Senator at his
last outing also testified before the coroner, she said the late senator and first civilian
governor of the state hesitated before he ate three spoonfuls of rice at a funeral ceremony in
Kuta, Ayedire local government area of Osun State a day before he died.
Reacting to allegations and speculations from certain quarters that she was the one who
poisoned the late Senator Adeleke, Mrs. Laoye Tomori made it clear that her presence at the
event was to represent her boss, Gov Rauf Aregbesola as she had no intimate political
relationship with the APC Osun west senatorial leader, Mr. Yinusa Amobi who invited them
for the event.
She said she was not involved in cooking or serving food or drinks to anyone since the event
was not her party, “even if it were my party, i wouldn’t be the one to serve meals”
Gov Rauf Aregbesola had set up the inquest to investigate what could have caused the death
of the senator following allegations by many of admirers, sympathisers, residents and
indigenes of Ede land (his hometown) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) party
followers that he was poisoned at an event in Kuta town,Ayedire local government area in the
The family of the deceased however said they were not interested in the inquiry into the
death of the senator who before his death was aspiring to return as the governor of the state,
having first served as the first civilian governor of Osun between January 1992 and
November 1993 before the civilian government at that time was thrown out by the military.