By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
The family of the late Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has rued Osun State government over an alleged sudden arrest and prosecution of the nurse involved in the treatment of late Adeleke.
The family in press statement signed by the immediate younger brother of the deceased, Dr Deji Adeleke, and presented by Mr Dele Adeleke during a press conference at the country home of the senator, Ede warned the state government to stop politicising the death of their brother.
Recalled that the state High Court, sitting in Ede, has ordered the remand of Alfred Aderibigbe in prison custody; he was indicted by the coroner’s inquest led by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, for allegedly administering overdose drugs on the late Senator.
Aderibigbe was arraigned on Friday, June 8, 2018, and he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge preferred against him during the arraignment.
Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara-led coroners inquest had recommended the Nurse for prosecution, having established that he administered a drug overdose on the late senator, thus causing his death.
But, the family said the sudden re-arrest and prosecution of Nurse Aderibigbe was an attempt by the state government to achieve the ultimate goal of grand cover up of the truth behind the death of Adeleke.
“The attention of the Adeleke family has been drawn to the recent publication of the sudden re-arrest and prosecution of the Nurse that was involved in the treatment of our dearly beloved brother and hero; Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke who sadly passed away on the 23rd of April, 2017.”
“We are all aware that the Osun State Government set up a Coroner’s inquest which sat from the 8th of May, 2017 and recommended the prosecution of Mr Alfred Aderibigbe who was the Nurse alleged to have administered drugs on Senator Isiaka Adeleke .
“The Nurse has been roaming the streets freely and undisturbed. The government did not consider it necessary nor important to make available to the family the details report of the autopsy conducted on our late brother as well as the the detailed report of the coroner’s inquest. We have had to resort to getting information from the media just like every other members of the public as if we are not a related party.
“The family is concerned about the further politicisation of demise of Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke especially with the timing of the sudden interest in the matter after over a year of inaction on the part of Osun state government more so that elections to change the mantle of leadership of the state is so close.
” There is also unfounded news in the social media about the family being behind the sudden re-arrest and prosecution of the nurse, this is far from the truth! The family is not involved. There is also a growing suspicion that the recent “arrangement” of the Rauf Aregbesola government is to achieve the ultimate goal of grand cover up of the truth behind the death of Alhaji Isiaka.
“The General public is hereby enjoined to help us ask the government why the inaction for over a year? Why the publicity around the arrest and prosecution? The general public is hereby put on notice to be vigilant of the manipulative moves of this highly discredited and unfavoured Rauf Aregbesola administration.
“As law abiding citizen the family cannot interfere with the judicial process that has recently commended, but we do sincerely pray that the judiciary; the last hope of the common man and only hope for Justice for the deceased , will rise to her noble calling to serve justice without fear or favour. We will be sending the family lawyer to observe the proceedings in court as it progresses.
“We thank the good people of Osun State for their tremendious love and support to the family since the sudden and still very painful passing of our dearly beloved brother and hero of the family and hero of the masses; Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke , may the almighty grant him eternal rest in aljanat Fridaos”.