Isiaka Adeleke, lawmaker who represented Osun west senatorial district, died as a result of overdose of drugs, TheCable understands.
Adeleke had been rushed to Biket Hospital in Osogbo, capital of Osun, after suffering heart attack. He later died in the hospital in the early hours of Sunday.
His family members and political associates received the news with shock. Nicknamed ‘Serubawon’, the deceased was a grassroots politician.
His burial was fixed for Sunday, but there were reports that Adedeji, his younger brother and father of Davido, Nigerian music star, directed that an autopsy should be conducted before the burial.
Sources have informed TheCable that the result of the autopsy, which is yet to be made public, shows that he was not poisoned as some people in Ede, his hometown, had been insinuating.
TheCable gathered that in his lifetime, the lawmaker suffered from pains in one of his legs. As a result of this, Adeleke regularly used painkilling injections.
“This had been going on for a while. However, an overdose of the injection led to the heart attack that eventually claimed his life,” a family source said
TheCable understands that the man who gave him the drug is suspected to be a quack.
He has since been arrested and investigations are ongoing.
The family of the deceased is expected to address the press on the latest development.
There had been reports that the deceased was killed because of his interest in the 2018 governorship election in Osun.
Hours after he died, aggrieved youth attacked journalists who visited his residence.
The violence continued on Monday, as youth threatened to bar officials of the Osun government from the burial.
It took the intervention of the police before Idiat Babalola, a senior special adviser to Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun state, was rescued.
A mob had descended on her at Adeleke’s residence.
Adeleke was the first civilian governor of Osun.