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