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Police Toxicology Report Rules Out Poisoning In Senator Adeleke’s Death

A toxicology test carried out by the Nigerian Police has ruled out the possibility of poisoning in the death of the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke. The test was done by Chief Superintendent of Police, Benedict Agbu, according to Superintendent of Police, Moses Eleta, who took the stand for the second time today at the inquest into the senator’s sudden death. 

Reading sections of the police toxicology report tendered as exhibit 6 and 8 to the court, Mr. Eleta stated, “Exhibit 6 are three bottles containing dark brown liquid labeled blood while Exhibit 8 is one postmortem bottle containing a pale yellow liquid labeled urine.” He added, “Analysis of Exhibits 6 and 8 gave negative results for the presence of chlorinated hydrocarbon herbicides, organophosphorus pesticides, rodenticides, metallic poisons, cyanide and tri-cyclic anti-depressants.” 

The toxicology report tendered by the police came on the heels of the testimony a day before by Alfred Aderibigbe, who portrayed himself as the late senator’s “health aide,” but was described by health officials as a quack with no known medical training. Mr. Aderibigbe had yesterday testified in court that he never administered gentamicin to the deceased. He had also told the inquest that the deceased senator, who died on April 23, 2017, was hypertensive and suffered from arthritic gout. 

Mr. Aderibigbe also stated that Senator Adeleke had quit smoking a long time ago, but continued to consume alcohol. 

Wale Lasisi, the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), on Monday told the inquest that Mr. Aderibigbe was to his knowledge neither a doctor nor a nurse. Dr. Lasisi also testified that the late senator received an injection of Analgin, an analgesic whose use the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had banned some years ago.