Hospital faults family’s claims on Adeleke’s autopsy

Late Isiaka Adeleke

The LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo has faulted the claims that the autopsy carried out on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was authorized by the family and that payment was made for the exercise.

In a statement yesterday, the hospital insisted that it was police homicide detectives that handed the relevant coroner papers (forms B and C) to the pathologist in the presence of the family members.

“With the completion of forms B and C of the Police ab initio, it is clear that the issue of autopsy is beyond a family wanting to know the cause of death. The sautopsy has become a full criminal investigation into the death of the deceased. In a situation like that, the family no longer has a say in the matter.

“In line with global practice and in a case like the above, such reports are not given to the family because they could be regarded as potential suspects that should not be allowed to have advance knowledge of findings of the investigations. The report was not even made available to the management of the hospital because the law does not permit the pathologist to do so.

“The so called authorization by one Mrs. Dupe Adeleke-Sanni as disclosed by the family could not have been the case.”



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