Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Court frees nurse accused of killing late Osun state ex- governor, Adeleke

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A nurse, Mr Alfred Aderbigbe who was arraigned for killing former Governor of Osun state, Isiaka Adeleke has been discharged and acquitted by the court.

Aderibigbe, who treated the late Adeleke before his death had been dragged before an Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo

Justice Ayo Oyebiyi in his judgement after the trial that lasted almost two and half years, declared that the prosecution could not prove that Aderibigbe killed the deceased and subsequently discharged him of any wrongdoing.

Upon his first arraignment before the court on on June 8, 2018, Aderibigbe pleaded not guilty to murder charge pressed against him.

During the trial, Aderibigbe told the court that the drugs he administered were given to him by the deceased but one of the nine witnesses called by the prosecution team led by Acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Dapo Adeniji, and the then Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Akeem Lasisi, told the court that the late Adeleke died of drug overdose.

However, Soji Oyetayo, who appeared for the defendant, insisted that the prosecution failed to properly investigate the matter.

He said none of the witnesses called by the prosecution was at the scene of the alleged crime or visited the scene, adding that the prosecution did not retrieve the doctor’s prosecution that was in the custody of the late Adeleke to further prove its case.

According to him, Adeleke was in need of medical attention before the defendant was invited to attend to him, stressing that the late politician was suffering from hypertension and gout.

Justice Oyebiyi, after considering all sides to the matter, discharged and acquitted the defendant.