Obey court orders on Dasuki, El-Zakzaky, Sagay tells FG

  • As Coroner says Adeleke died of drug overdose

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked the Federal Government to obey court orders regarding the detention of embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH while reacting to calls by the Nigerian Bar Association for the release of Dasuki and El-Zakzaky.

The senior advocate advised the Federal Government to either obey the court order by immediately releasing them or to appeal the orders.

“The court orders should be obeyed and I don’t know what reason the government has for not releasing them. If they have good reasons, they should canvass the reasons before the court and leave the court to decide.

“If the court rules against them, then they should appeal against the ruling and then apply for stay of the ruling pending the appeal. That is what the government should do rather than detaining them perpetually,” Sagay added.

The PACAC chairman also agreed with the NBA regarding the prolonged probe of judges without trial.

The NBA had, on Monday, asked the Federal Government to immediately stop the investigation of the judges so that they could return to work.

Sagay, however, called on the government to wrap up the probe by prosecuting the judges immediately or by dropping the cases.

He added, “The Federal Government should hurry up and if they cannot file the adequate charges, then they should inform the people involved and allow them to continue with their careers on the bench.”

In the meantime, the coroner appointed by the Osun State government to investigate the cause of the death of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, on Monday said his death was caused by drug overdose.

The coroner, Chief Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, giving verdict in Osogbo, said the evidence before him in no way pointed to poisoning as the cause of death of the late senator, as alleged in some quarters.

“I have critically gone through the evidence before me. From the totality of evidence, the possibility of poisoning of the deceased is not sustainable.

“I have not been able to trace any link to poisoning by anybody. The autopsy report and the toxicologist’s report are specific to say there was no trace of poison or heavy metal in the blood of the deceased.

“Therefore, it is my opinion that he was not poisoned, I so hold.” he said

Ayilara said the evidence of the pathologist, the toxicologist, police forensic expert and the chief medical director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, where the autopsy was carried out, “pointed scientifically to the fact that the death of the deceased was caused by aspiration of the gastric content, which blocked his airwaves as a result of high level of alcohol, sedative and analgesic, which caused the vital senses centre in the brain to shut down, resulting in death.”

He said the nurse who treated the deceased before he died, Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe, tried to puncture the scientific evidence, claiming he did not give him overdose, but the evidence he gave in court and the police statement he gave were contradictory.

“The deceased did not die of food poisoning, he had an administration of overdose of sedative and analgesic by an unqualified personnel, Alfred Aderibigbe, through intravenous means, which action was hastened by the presence of alcohol in the system.

“The deceased patronised Aderibigbe for about 20 years and took treatment from him without doctor’s prescription. The high dose of sedative and analgesic with the mode of administration caused his death.”

The coroner recommended that the qualification of Aderibigbe be investigated to be sure he was qualified as he claimed  and that the office of the Department of Public Prosecution should look into the case file of Aderibigbe, to determine the appropriate charges, if any, to be brought against him.

“The public should be sensitised by the government on the need to patronise only qualified medical personnel in the treatment of ailments,” Ayilara said.

Punch with additional report from Nation