An Osun State High court, sitting in Ede, on Friday ordered that a nurse, identified as Alfred Aderibigbe, who treated Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke shortly before he died on the 23rd of April, 2017 be remanded in prison custody.
According to a press statement signed by the information officer in the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Mr Opeyemi Bello, the nurse, who was arraigned on murder before Justice Ayo Oyebiyi on Friday pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
Counsel for the accused, Soji Oyetayo prayed the court to admit Aderibigbe to bail but the Acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Dapo Adeniji, who led the legal team from the ministry, opposed the bail application.
Adeniji argued that the accused was being arraigned for the first time in the court, while the bail application was filed before the arraignment. The presiding judge, Justice Ayo Oyebiyi, in his ruling ordered that the accused should be remanded at the Ilesa Prison till June 29, 2018 when the case would come up for hearing.
It is to be recalled that the state government instituted a coroner’s inquest to probe the cause of the death and the nurse was indicted by a magistrate, Olusegun Ayilara, who recommended him for trial.
The Chief Medical Director of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, who testified before the panel had said Adeleke died of drug overdose. The Consultant Pathologist at LAUTH who carried out the autopsy on Adeleke’s corpse, Dr Taiwo Sholaja, also told the coroner’s inquest that Adeleke died of drug overdose and not poison.