THE family of Sen Isiaka Adeleke, who died on April 23, has rejected the coroner inquest instituted by Gov 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 (NAN) reports that 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 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 there from.
“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,” 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.
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.
FOLLOWING the rejection of Adeleke’s family coroner inquest set up by Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, the state government has reacted to the development, calling the “government’s step as most acceptable standard in civilised societies.”
A statement from the office of the state governor and signed by Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, termed the Adeleke’s rejection as unfortunate.
Part of the statement reads: “The attention of the Government of the State of Osun has been drawn to a press conference purportedly held by the family of first civilian governor of our state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke where it rejected the oroner’s Inquest instituted by the government into the unfortunate and sudden death of our beloved former Governor.
“As a government the step that has been taken is the most responsible and the most acceptable standard in any civilised society.
“The decision to institute an inquest into this sudden death was not to please or satisfy anyone at all. It was set up for the good of the society. And to the extent that this was set up not to please anyone but for the good of our society,”
It further stated that “We are all bereaved and mourning with 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 interests and Honour of the departed soul for the government to engage the family on a matter of this nature.
“It is therefore trite 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,” the statement read.
– Nigerian Tribune