We ex­tracted 29 pel­lets from late NURTW boss - Doc­tor tells court

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

A con­sul­tant anatomy and a pathol­o­gist from the Ek­iti State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal (EKSUTH), Dr. Abidemi Em­manuel Omon­isi, yes­ter­day told an Ado Ek­iti High Court, presided over by Jus­tice Lekan Ogun­moye, that a to­tal of 29 pel­lets were re­cov­ered from the body of the late chair­man of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW), Chief Aderiye.

Omo­lafe, a sup­porter of Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose and mem­ber of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party in Ek­iti State was as­sas­si­nated by gun­men on Septem­ber 25, last year.

Also, po­lice told the court that none of the seven per­sons stand­ing trial over the mur­der of the late (NURTW boss was seen at the scene of the in­ci­dent.

The seven ac­cused per­sons in the case are Adebayo Aderiye, Adeniyi Adedipe, Sola Durodola, Ajayi Kay­ode, Oso Faro­timi, Sola Adenijo and Ro­timi Olan­bi­wonnu.

The doc­tor, who is a wit­ness, stated this while be­ing led in his ex­am­i­na­tion by pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel, Ahmed Tafa.

He told the court that he was served with a coro­ner form by the po­lice to per­form an au­topsy on the body of the de­ceased. He ten­dered two pic­tures of the body and three copies of the X-Ray of the body and both were ad­mit­ted as ex­hibits.

The wit­ness told the court that the au­topsy re­vealed that the lower chest, up­per ab­dom­i­nal re­gion, the right thigh and the left leg of the de­ceased were lac­er­ated with gun­shot wounds.

He said, “We re­cov­ered 20 pel­lets from the chest and up­per ab­domen, five pel­lets from the right thigh and four pel­lets from the left leg, mak­ing a to­tal of 29 pel­lets re­cov­ered from the body of the late Omo­lafe. We also re­cov­ered a shell con­tain­ing the pel­lets from the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity.”

The Per­sonal As­sis­tant to the late former NURTW chair, Gbo­la­han Oke­owo, who was cross-ex­am­ined by lawyers to the ac­cused per­sons, told the court that he did not see any of the ac­cused per­sons at the scene of the in­ci­dent.

The case has been ad­journed to De­cem­ber 1.

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