The family of Kehinde Adeleke, who was allegedly killed by the owner of the Pete’s Bar and Lounge, inside the Trans Amusement Park, Agbowo, Ibadan, has petitioned the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, over what was described as the unacceptable attitude of the doctor who conducted a post-mortem on the corpse at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Kehinde was allegedly killed by the bar owner, Seyi Olusa (AKA fatherlusky), with a rifle belonging to a soldier attached to the state joint security outfit, Operation Burst, after a disagreement. The soldier, who had yet to be identified by the Army, was also indicted by the twin brother of the deceased person, Taiwo, who reportedly witnessed the killing.
The three-page petition, titled, ‘The death of Kehinde Adeleke: Calling your attention to the doctor’s attitude to the post-mortem’, which was signed by the deceased person’s father, Bolaji Adeleke, and made available to our correspondent, claimed that the doctor carried out the procedure in the absence of the family despite the agreement that it would be done in their presence.
The petition read, “After the doctor was called, we – the police and the family of the deceased – had an agreement to meet at the mortuary by 4pm on March 1, 2018 so as to carry out the post-mortem but to our greatest surprise, the doctor went on his own around 10am without calling any of the family members and the investigating police officer before proceeding with the procedure.
“We discovered when the corpse was brought that the neck had been opened and stitched. The doctor denied seeing any bullet in the neck and later called us to come and take the body to Yemetu Hospital for scanning to know if the bullet was inside one of the bones.
“Our point of petition is that the doctor had no right to demand for the body and he had no power whatsoever to carry out the post-mortem without the family being present.”
The family said that they doubted the authenticity of any report that the doctor could come up with because of ‘his shady act during the operation’.
“We want the medical association in charge of the conduct of the practices of medical doctors to query the action of this doctor. We also want the police to ensure that the doctor explains what led him to do a post-mortem on a body that was shot without his family being present at the scene of the procedure,” the statement added.
The father, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, said that the family decided to monitor the case because there were signs that those involved in the killing of their son were making attempts to change the story.
“The doctor was dubious. We suspect that those who killed our son or had a hand in his death are trying to come up with lies. That is why we are not leaving any stone unturned,” he said.