The family of the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has accused the Osun State Government and the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, of frustrating their plans to conduct a second autopsy to confirm the authenticity of the one conducted in the hospital.
The family, in a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Dr. Deji Adeleke, said the hospital had refused to release the remaining sample of tissues taken from the body of the deceased for the first autopsy.
The deceased’s family also said they had not been given the report of the autopsy they requested the hospital to carry out on April 23 when Adeleke died.
The immediate younger brother of the deceased said the family had requested that autopsy be carried out on Adeleke’s body, but the family said the hospital had refused to give them the result a month after.
The deceased was the fist civilian governor of Osun State.
Deji stated that the family took the body of the late senator to the hospital, requested that autopsy be conducted, signed a letter authorisation and paid cash for it.
He explained that the deceased’s sister, Mrs. Dupe Adeleke-Sani, signed on behalf of the family and paid cash but she was not given a receipt for the payment because the incident happened on a Sunday.
He said the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, assured that the receipt would be issued to the family, but this has not been given.
The family stated that they did not conduct the business of the autopsy with an individual but with the hospital as an institution, saying the claim of the pathologist, Dr. Taiwo Solaja, that the family did not request an autopsy was incorrect.
He said, “The Chief Pathologist’s claim that the Adeleke family is not entitled to the autopsy report because the instruction to conduct the autopsy was given to him by his boss and not directly by the family, is unethical, unprofessional and utterly ridiculous, to say the least.
“The Adeleke family will like to put it on record that the Osun State Government-owned LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, has also refused to release the remaining sample of tissues removed from the body of our departed hero, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, for the conduct of the autopsy that would have allowed the family to seek the conduct of a second autopsy from an ethical, professional and non-political medical facility outside Osun State.
“Adeleke family will like to state again that the family has been unjustifiably denied the report of the autopsy and the remaining sample of tissues taken from the body of late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke by the Osun State Government-owned LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.”
Source: Nigeria Newsdesk