Adeleke’s family didn’t ask me for autopsy on late senator – Pathologist

A Consultant Anatomic Pathologist, at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Dr. Olufemi Solaja, who conducted the autopsy on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has said the family of the late politician did not ask him to carry out the test.

Solaja, who appeared again on Friday before the coroner investigating the cause of the death of the late senator, Mr. Olusegun Ayilara, told Ayilara that the coroner ( police officer) requested that he should carry out the autopsy and he had submitted the report to them.

He said the coroner requested for the autopsy through forms B & C dated April 23 and signed by Ajiboye Dorcas Olubunmi in the presence of Adeleke’s family members.

While being cross-examined by the immediate past Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, who told the coroner that he appeared as an observer, the pathologist said that submitting the autopsy report to the police did not amount to professional misconduct.

The observer, who is presently a commissioner nominee in Osun State asked the pathologist, “Were you engaged by the Adeleke family to do the autopsy?” Solaja answered in the negative.

When also asked if he was obliged to submit the result of the autopsy to any other person apart from the coroner, who requested for it, the pathologist also said he was not supposed to give the autopsy report to any other person apart from the coroner.

The evidence of the pathologist is in contrast to the claim of the deceased’s family, who said they were considering a legal option against the Chief Medical Director of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, for refusing to give the autopsy report to the family despite that they requested for it.

The immediate younger brother of the deceased, Dr. Deji Adeleke, said the family requested for the autopsy but the CMD had refused to give them the report but appears before the Coroner, Ayilara, and gave evidence on the cause of death of the late senator.

Deji described this as a professional misconduct, saying the report of the autopsy must have been seriously compromised.

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