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Adeleke died of drugs overdose, aspiration of gastric contents, says coroner


Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke

The coroner inquest into Isiaka Adeleke’s death has disclosed that he died of overdose of analgesic and aspiration of gastric contents.

Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara disclosed this yesterday, while delivering his findings in a 13-page verdict after three weeks of proceedings.

He said gastric contents blocked his airway and deprived his body of the needed oxygen.

The coroner ruled out poison as the possible cause of his death, adding: “It is my firm opinion that he was not poisoned.”


He explained that the presence of high level of alcohol in the deceased’s bloodstream, the deep sedation and overdose of intravenous analgesic drugs, shut down his central nervous system leading to death.

Ayilara quoted from the evidence and exhibits that were tendered before the court.

He said: “The report from the toxicology showed an abnormally high level of alcohol, sedatives and analgesic in the blood of the deceased. There were no traces of poison of heavy metals in the toxicology.”

He further stated that the drugs overdose administered on him, included analgin injection 500ml, diazarpharm injection, two bottles of hydrocortisone, two bottles of gentamizen and a bottle of pentazozine

He explained: “The coroner began sitting on May 8 and ended its proceedings on May 30, 2017. Out of 15 people summoned by the court, nine appeared to give evidence and 11 exhibits were tendered. Under Section 4 of the coroner’s law, I do have the power to compel any person to appear before me, except such a person is under immunity.

“The nurse who administered the drugs on Adeleke, Mr. Alfred Idowu Aderibigbe had a lot to hide on the dosage that he administered to the deceased. He was economical with the truth and admitted that he acted unlawfully by administering drugs on the deceased without doctor’s prescription. Aderibigbe’s demeanor showed that he was not truthful.”

He said the issues that the coroner considered included the identity of the deceased, the time, place and manner of his death.

Ayilara added that the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Prof. Akeem Lasisi was at the morgue, where the autopsy was conducted, while the deceased’s sister, Mrs. Dupe Adeleke-Sanni identified his corpse.


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