Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe, the health assistant who allegedly administered some injections on Mr. Isiaka Adeleke shortly before his death on 23 April, will, today, testify at the coroner’s inquest into the death of the former governor of the Osun State.
The health assistant was billed to testify on Wednesday, but his lawyer, Mr. Lekan Alabi, said he could not do so because of the non-availability of an interpreter. Mr. Aderibigbe, said the lawyer, is not fluent in English, explaining that his client got the notice for an appearance on Wednesday.
At the inquest on Wednesday, Dr. Solaja, a toxicologist, said results of tests conducted on Mr. Adeleke did not indicate poison or traces of heavy metals, but high levels of alcohol, sedatives and painkillers.
“The toxicology showed abnormally high levels of alcohol, sedatives, and analgesics in the blood of the deceased. There was no poison or traces of heavy metals. The police did the toxicology. Mr. Benedict Agbo is the Police toxicologist, who carried out further examination,” said Dr. Solaja.
The Divisional Police Officer of Dugbe Police Station, Mr. Ogunkanmi Gbemileke, who was one of the police officers present during the autopsy, corroborated Dr. Solaja’s testimony. He added that he ordered evidence taken from Mr. Adeleke’s home and sent to a Police pathologist
Mr. Eleta Moses, the officer-in-charge of the Police Homicide Unit, gave the same testimony as Mr. Gbemileke, after which the case was adjourned till Friday when Mr. Aderibigbe will testify.