Aregbesola approves coroner inquest into Adeleke’s death
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has signed an executive order setting up a coroner inquest into the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
The governor appointed Mr. Olusegun Ayodele, a serving magistrate as the head of the inquest and ordered that the investigation should be carried out in Osogbo, the state capital within 21 days.
According to Aregbesola, the inquiry was necessary because of the circumstances surrounding the death of the first civilian governor of the state.
The governor stated that coroner inquest is an established procedure to investigate sudden, natural and unexplained death of a person.
His words: “A sudden and unexplained death of a person of high status must be investigated and documented. Therefore, the position of our brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the suddenness and the circumstances of his death should propel a responsible government to set up an inquest to unravel the cause of his death.
“History will not be kind to us as a government if we fail to do the inquest into the circumstances surrounding his death because it is in the interest of the community and the state to probe any sudden death of this nature.”
The Solicitor General of the state and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Abiola Adewemimo, said the circumstances of Senator Adeleke’s death prompted the governor to call for coroner inquest.
In a related development, the state House of Assembly yesterday said “Senator Adeleke lived a life of service to humanity, leaving an indelible mark in the sand of time.”
In a statement by the Chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye after a special session, the Speaker of the Assembly, Najeem Salam regretted that Adeleke’s death was sudden.